Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
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- Old and New Towns of EdinburghMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 18, 2013
endless you can walk the streets, either New or Old..everywhere nice little tearooms, shops, things to see in the street. hope you have a bit of nice weather...heavy rains are not rare and not nice to walk in.
- Old and New Towns of EdinburghMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 10, 2012
Old Town includes the two major tourist must do sights, the Castle and Holyrood Palace as well as many other mediaeval looking structures. The main road in Old Town, the Royal Mile (made up of High Street and Canongate), which connects the Castle with the Palace, is very touristy. For a break from all the souvenir shops, try walking through the closes, the covered streets which lead away from the Royal Mile. The Grassmarket area near the Castle is full of a lot of pubs which are popular with students. The area also has a number of small shops better for gift shopping than most of those on the Royal Mile.
New Town contains most of my favourite shops and restaurants. New Town was created in the 18th century, which doesn=t seem new at all. But then, the oldest structure in the Old Town is 12th century, so the references are a wee bit different from Calgary=s. The Georgian architecture, planned street layout, and small green areas make New Town a pleasant area to wander about and enjoy. Many of the main street names commemorate the union of Scotland and England.
- Old and New Towns of EdinburghJul 03, 2012
As a tourist you could be forgiven for the confusion when Edinburgh people talk about the new town. To the new world this part of Edinburgh is old, dating back to the 1700s. The old town is much older, the castle itself dating back to the 9th century, the old town built up around it as a series of market places. Look closely, you will soon see the differences in the actitecture between old and new.