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Architecture Tour of Edinburgh Old Town

  • Great introduction and orientation for first-time visitors
  • Get insight into Scottish history and architectural movements from your guide
  • See some of Edinburgh's most-important sites, including St. Giles Cathedral and Parliament
Architecture Tour of Edinburgh Old Town
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Edinburgh Old Town Tour led by a Mandarin speaking guide
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You can certainly wander around Edinburgh's medieval Old Town on your own, but for a more enriching experience, book this guided walking tour, which introduces you to the architectural concepts and history behind the curious buildings. Your guide leads you along the winding Cockburn Street, to the Royal Mile, and Canongate, delving into each street's architectural influences and the development of Scottish styles.
What to Expect
The walk will start near Waverley Bridge with an introduction of Edinburgh history told with a backdrop Old Town panorama. The group will then delve into foreign architectural influences and the development of Scottish Baronial style as we walk through the serpentine of Cockburn street. 
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Town social and physical backbone, The Royal Mile, your guide will narrate the story of the city's landmark and oldest building on the street - St Giles Cathedral. Around the corner you will discover the city's latest post modern museum inspired by Corbusian geometries and Iron Age Pictish structures. 
You will then enjoy a sequence of atmospheric alleys, courtyards, terraces and gardens, all accompanied by your guide's enthusiastic commentary, followed by a brief introduction of the New Town with a beautiful view towards the Firth of Forth delta. 
You will then march down the Royal Mile into Canongate, a previously separate burgh built up with nobles' mansions. Towards the end of the tour you will be able to see how historical architecture influenced sensitive modern development in the Old Town. At last, you will savour the story of the Post Modern Arts&Crafts building - the Scottish Parliament.
Reviews (7)
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Reviewed 9 June 2018
Wonderful walking tour

A little bit of confusion about where to meet which was not due to cobble tales but the tourist information office. Our young guide Nick ( I think, he is Belgian so spelling may be different!) was brilliant. He is enthusiastic and informative and loves...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank liverpoollou2014
Olga G, Owner at Cobble Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Thank you for your kind words!

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Wonderful tour of Old Town

My wife and I immensely enjoyed our private tour of Old Town, led by guide Nick Mols, who is apparently a new addition to the Cobble Tales team. Nick is an architectural historian and is thoroughly grounded and trained in the detailed history and nuances...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Phil_in_Maine
Reviewed 7 April 2018
Absolutely excellent tour!

My husband and I booked a private tour of the New Town yesterday. We are residents in Edinburgh but we've not been living here that long and we wanted to know more about the history and architecture of Edinburgh. Olga was absolutely excellent and it...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Laura O
Reviewed 19 February 2018
Fantastic tour of the old town

This was a really informative walking tour of the Old Town and Cameron really brought to life the history of the city as expressed in its architecture. Would totally recommend this tour!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ktrimble2018
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile
Specialised walking Tour

We had the pleasure of being shown the fascinating arquitectural motifs that are found in every close, square and hidden corner by our guide Cameron. I’m originally from Edinburgh, and after so many years taking this tremendous city for granted (appreciative, but ultimately unknowledgeable), I...More

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