grey-friars-bobby-old-town - Grey Friars Bobby statue a must see in Edinburgh Old Town (© CCO)
Grey Friars Bobby statue a must see in Edinburgh Old Town
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The Old Town

The centre of activities during the Festival, The Old town is a great location for exploring the historic parts of Edinburgh's city centre

The Old Town is the centre of activities during the Festival (annually in August), and is a great location for exploring the historic centre or being at the hub of city activities at any time of year.

The Old Town is the historic centre of the city, perched on a volcanic mound, and encompassing the historic Royal Mile, which stretches from The Castle, on Castle Mound at one end, to Holyrood Palace, beside Holyrood Park, at the other.

It is close to Edinburgh Waverley main railway station, which lies on its northern fringe, as well as being near the city terminal of the tram and airport buses. There are lots of restaurants, cafes and bars to explore.

Flats in the Old Town may be in new-build blocks or the historic Edinburgh tenement buildings. But be ready: the Old Town is characterised by steep inclines, alleyway steps and streetway cobblestones.

An ancient area of a truly historic city

grass-market-old-town-edinburgh - Victoria Street rising out of Edinburgh Old Town's Grassmarket (© CCO)
Victoria Street rising out of Edinburgh Old Town's Grassmarket
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