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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

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Edinburgh Castle dominates one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Set on a dead volcano, the castle is an imposing sight with its thick defensive walls. This 2-hour tour gives you an insider’s view of the city’s number one attraction, first letting you skip the line and then revealing the secrets of this fortress, from one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries to the smallest shrine in the world. Learn about the castle’s wicked and wonderful history from the guide.
  • Save up to two hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle 
  • Avoid the lines and head straight inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Learn more about the castle's history on a guided tour 
  • Spend free time exploring the castle independently once the tour concludes
What to Expect
Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you’ll greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved up to two hours of waiting time, explore the grounds of the castle and visit curiosities such as the world’s smallest shrine and a cemetery reserved exclusively for dogs. Stroll through Crown Square, see the crown jewels of Scotland, and enrich your knowledge of Scottish military history in the National War Museum. Once your tour concludes, feel free to continue exploring the castle independently at your own pace.
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Important Information
Departure Point
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase.
  • Children (4 or under) accompanied by an adult can join the Edinburgh Castle Tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Our tour starts at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant. We don't allow guests to join after the start time, and we don't allow guests to join the tour if they don't show up in our current start point at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 1.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
  • Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
  • Most travelers can participate
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 yesterday

Melanie was a fantastic tour guide. She was energetic, fun and was had plenty of jokes and stories to keep things interesting. The whole tour was outstanding and she even offered recommendations of the best exhibits to visit once the tour concluded in Edinburgh castle....More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ryan was witty and enthusiastic. Truly added to the visit rather than just wondering about on our own. If we didn't have plans mid-afternoon, would have spent the entire day exploring the castle and staying for afternoon tea. Weather was lovely, so the views were...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our Tour Guide Raj did an amazing job from beginning to end providing extensive details about the history of the castle, the associated royalty and each of the buildings and artifacts within the castle walls. His knowledge was second to none and was presented in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Jule was a gem of a tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, informative, caring, and friendly. The weather could have been better but did not keep anyone from having a terrific experience. A tour worth doing again.

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

Jen clearly knows her history! She was very knowledgeable and spoke to the audience, not the stereotypical tourist. She has a great sense of humor and very relatable. Take the tour then explore on your own, plenty to see and experience.

Date of experience: October 2019
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12 October 2019|
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Response from Adventuregirl910 | Reviewed this property |
We did skip the line and went right into the castle. Of course we had to wait in front of the meeting spot so either way will need to wait. I think the castle wait line in longer than our wait at the meeting spot though. The... More
17 September 2019|
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Response from Kathleen2148 | Reviewed this property |
There are probably numerous outlets that offer ship-to-city tours, but here's one that might be what you're looking for: Go Scotland Tours, Shore Excursions/Edinburgh. I'm not allowed to insert a link, so you may need to go... More
15 September 2019|
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Response from donnap0411 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It’s free! He has interviews with locals that give lots of info as well as his walking tours.
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