About Old Town
Old Town at glance*
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The Old Town, situated in the medieval heart of Edinburgh, has retained many of its Reformation era buildings and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Castle at the top, it runs down The Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyrood, the Queen's residence in Edinburgh. Places of interest in the area include the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, the Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal Museum of Scotland. Houses in the Old Town are mainly traditional flatted properties but recent years have seen the emergence of a number of tasteful modern courtyard developments designed to blend well with the original buildings. Nearby Castle Terrace and Lauriston are also popular City Centre residential locations.
The Royal Mile and The Grassmarket provide an array of boutiques and some of Edinburgh's finest restaurants. The narrow, winding Victoria Street, with one of the most distinguishable facades in Edinburgh, offers a fine selection of specialist cheese, coffee, oils and liquor stores.
A short walk down the Mound brings you to the extensive range of upmarket shops on Princes Street and George Street while a stroll in the other direction brings you to the open parkland of the Meadows. The neighbouring areas also provide supermarkets and a local farmers' market every Saturday.
A public transport network operates within the City Centre and beyond and Waverley mainline station provides regular services throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK. Edinburgh City Bypass and the main motorway networks are also within easy reach.