Things to do in Edinburgh Old Town
The Old Town is the name given to the oldest part of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Full of beautiful ancient buildings, narrow alleys, cobbled streets and hidden courtyards, Edinburgh’s Old Town is steeped in the city’s history.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the medieval Old Town stretches from the famous Edinburgh Castle, from its position on Castle Rock (an extinct volcano) to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh’s Old Town is packed with things to see and do, as well as being home to some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Discover the charm of the bustling streets as you take a stroll along the Royal Mile, the heart of the Old Town and enjoy the medieval architecture, the packed pubs and the beautiful gift shops. Go back in time and visit Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress once residence to the monarchs of Scotland. Explore the National Museum of Scotland and learn more about Scottish history or why not visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse also known as Holyrood Palace, the Queen and the Royal Family’s official residence in Scotland.
Our recommendations in Edinburgh Old Town
Jacobite Steam Train and Scottish Highlands tour
Book your Jacobite Steam Train and Scottish Highlands tour and discover Edinburgh's connections to Harry Potter as you check out the scenery.
Palace of Holyroodhouse entrance with self-guided tour
Visit the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse with a self-guided audio tour
en, it, fr, es, de, +4 pt, ru, ja, zh
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands from Glasgow
Discover the Scottish Highlands, the famous Loch Ness and the beautiful Glencoe area on a trip from Glasgow and see the very best of Scotland.
Loch Ness and The Highlands tour from Inverness
Book your tickets for this Loch Ness and The Highlands tour from Inverness and hunt Nessie, soak up the best of the Scottish countryside and relax!
Experiences in Edinburgh Old Town
How to get there
Edinburgh Old Town
Reviews Edinburgh Old Town
“David was great! Loved the small group tour.”