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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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USD 38.18
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Pack in history, mystery and local flavor on this 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Follow an informative guide into Old Town’s labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways and tenements, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and find secret places you’d never discover on your own. As you pass St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House, hear about Edinburgh’s colorful and turbulent past. Follow this great introduction to the Royal Mile with a tour of Edinburgh Castle and learn how this iconic fortress shaped the country’s history.
  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
  • Access cobbled streets and narrow alleys inaccessible by car
What to Expect
This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk. Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland. Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.
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Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
2h 15m
Return Details
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
  • Local guide
  • Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: Edinburgh Castle will not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed today

Historical Walking Tour around in Edinburgh and to "The Castle" was absolutely fantastic. Great Tour with a Top Class Guide, Eva. Very informative and funny. Nice atmosphere in the tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sighvaturblondahl
Reviewed yesterday

We met our guide at the Mercat Cross. Nicky was ready to take us on a tour up and down the Royal Mile and into Edinburgh Castle. Along the way, she wove tales of daily life, architecturally important structures and misadventure. Like any good story...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bonnie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Emma was a really good guide. I would have liked to walk more and stand around less especially since it was freezing. But lots of interesting tidbits of info

Thank Diniski15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Secrets of The Royal Mile Walking Tour, it was great. Peter was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Learnt heaps that we otherwise missed in the preceding few days we’d walked the mile.

Thank MelsyBels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my adolescent children enjoyed this tour very much! We took it on our first day in the city and I think it was a good idea to do so. It was loaded with information and our guide, Stephanie, delivered it in a fun...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mayerling R
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2 July 2019|
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Response from rjsld | Reviewed this property |
Yes if you have a stroller that can handle uneven streets. There were ramps and few stairs other than the castle. If it is raining, however, that might not be a good idea
4 June 2019|
Response from ChefAnnMt_Laurel_NJ | Reviewed this property |
our tour began at 1 pm in front of St. Giles Cathedral, and about 2:30 we went up to the Castle, so I would count on 3 hours.
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