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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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    What to Expect
    The tour begins outside our ticket office in the epicentre of the Royal Mile where your guide will welcome you and provide a general introduction to Edinburgh and its history. Be sure to ask about the story behind our ticket office which was a former police box! Then your guide will lead you onto South Bridge where you will spend the next half hour underground travelling through our section of underground street. Hear how and why South Bridge was constructed and examine the eighteenth-century bridge arches and stonework from the former houses along the former street. Get a very real sense as to what it was like for an ordinary person to live in this age-old metropolis.  

    Next, the tour returns above ground to Royal Mile and you will journey through the “lower” half of the Old Town towards Holyrood Palace, visiting its half hidden yet beguiling closes wynds and courts. Get to know the incredible occurrences which shaped the city’s development such as devastating fires, collapsing stone buildings and bloody sieges. Learn who was the real-life inspiration for the fictional characters Robinson Crusoe, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. 

    For the final portion of the tour, travel around the stunning Canongate Kirkyard. This beautiful almost 400-year-old church has extensive royal connections, not just with the twelfth-century Scottish monarch David I but also the House of Stuart and even the modern House of Windsor. Amongst those buried inside the graveyard is Adam Smith the intellectual godfather of capitalism as well as literary muses for Robert Burns – Scotland’s national bard. The tour ends outside Canongate Kirkyard on the Royal Mile, but your guide will happily lead you back to the ticket office where the tour began.
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    Departure Point
    124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
    • Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide.
    • Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.
    • Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.
    • Access to our exclusive section of underground.
    • For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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 4 weeks ago

    Unfortunately, a last minute conflict arose and I couldn't participate in the tour, as a result, no review is justified.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank John F
    Reviewed 13 September 2019

    This was a nice tour and Agnes our guide was lovely. She was a good storyteller and funny. The underground was very interesting and spooky. Would recommend.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank birgittan
    Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

    Very good well explained went on longer than 90 mins small group of people easy to understand would go to again

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Ann R
    Reviewed 29 August 2019 via mobile

    My friend and I took this tour on our last day in town after taking another Edinburgh walking tour (at the start of the trip) and sightseeing around the city for a week. Even with all of that we still learned so much new information...More

    Thank dianastasia18
    Reviewed 24 August 2019

    Issac, AKA Dr. Bell gave us a wonderful in-character performance above and below ground! Annie is lurking, and the Balfour kids just want to say hello :) Thanks for a fun hour walk along the Royal Mile!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank laarooski88
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