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

  • 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 
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
From US$40.12
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There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save up to three hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
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.

Reviews (370)
1 - 5 of 108 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Eva, our tourguide gave us a wonderfull tour through the old city/royal mile. So many stories, what a history this town has. I really recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank martijnkanis
Reviewed 2 days ago
Eva was amazing!

We had a wonderful tour with the best guide -- Eva! Despite the pouring rain, she made the tour extremely enjoyable. Extremely knowledgeable and personable and funny -- we really loved every minute. I want to go back and another one!

Thank Grace R
Reviewed 4 days ago
Fun and fascinating tour

This was a wonderful tour that really made the Edinburgh and the Royal Mile come alive. Our guide was funny and warm - I didn't catch her name - a woman with short blonde hair. So many great stories and lots of history. The walk...More

Thank Monique L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Fantastic Tour

What a brilliant, informative tour. Eve was a fantastic guide, talking endlessly and passionately about the history of Edinburgh. She has great knowledge and a pocket full of interesting stories. Our tour lasted about 1hr 45mins around the Royal Mile and then another 1/2 hour...More

Thank Hayley P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Outstanding Guide

We took this tour with Eva on Sunday morning. Her knowledge was outstanding and despite the weather she made the tour extremely enjoyable and excellent value for money. The tour was approximately 2 3/4 hours ending up in the Castle grounds. Would highly recommend anyone...More

Thank Ann D
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Ellie A
19 August 2018|
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Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
The Crown Jewels are here as well as The Stone of Destiny!
8 July 2018|
Response from Velimir M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can.
22 June 2018|
Response from Jennifer M | Reviewed this property |
I think our guided tour prior to the Castle was an hour and a half - maybe two hours? And then we got an overview of the castle and could stay afterwards on our own.