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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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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 at time of booking
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 5 days ago

Margareth-Ann did a really good job guiding us through Edinburgh! Very proffessional and really funny!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Anna D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Emma was extremely knowledgeable, and a fine wit to bring history to life with several laughs along the way!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Miked9998
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning and amazing!! Our tour guide was brilliant! Loved every moment and I loved how is was history facts and funny facts as well ! So friendly and kind ! Highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stefanie is an awesome guide! She really knows Edinburgh and lots of stories around it. It was fascinating to go through the Royal Mile walking with her and learning so much about the history of the city. The tour includes lots of "secrets" that you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank S4807CWmariam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle as well as the Historical Underground Tour and both were great. Very informative and the right length. Would definitely recommend for everyone who's interested in the amazing history of Edinburgh.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Craniumdelirium
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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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