Edinburgh the perfect mix of old and new; Carrie Hutchinson; Escape


UK – Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Breathe in the history or marvel at architecture with a trip through the Scottish capital’s old and new town neighbourhoods.

From an antipodean point of view, you’d probably describe them as the Old Town and the Older Town.

Edinburgh’s famous neighbourhoods are both UNESCO World Heritage listed, but they have wildly distinctive characteristics. The Old Town with its narrow, cobbled alleys running off the Royal Mile, dates back to the late-15th-century Reformation.

The 18th-century New Town is considered a masterpiece of city planning, with its wide streets and stunning Georgian architecture. The good news for visitors is that all of it is entirely walkable, making for days of happily stumbling across museums, cool stores and historic buildings.



It’s impossible to miss.

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