Historical Walking Tour With Optional Skip The Line Entry To Edinburgh Castle

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 15 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
  • Return Details :
    Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Soak in history, mystery and local flavor on this 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Follow your informative guide into Old Towns labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways and tenements - part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Find secret places you would never discover on your own. As you pass St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House, hear about Edinburghs 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.

Highlights

  • Guided experience 
  • Perfect for history buffs
  • Enjoy highlights of the city

Know More about this tour

This walking tour lasting just over 2 hours takes you into Edinburgh's Old Town, which has retained much of its medieval street orientation and Reformation-era buildings. Together with New Town constructed in the 18th century, Old Town stands as part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Running through its center is the royal mile.

Meet your knowledgeable guide at Mercat cross on High Street, one of The royal mile's four 'sections'. At this central meeting place, townspeople and merchants once gathered to hear royal proclamations and pick up local gossip.

Follow your guide into Old Towns maze of cobblestone streets and concealed courtyards. Learn about the citys closes, cramped alleywaysl, and wynds, narrow lanes between houses.

Your venture down The royal mile includes a feast of entertaining stories from Edinburgh's past. Hear about the life of Deacon Brodie, town councilman by day, thief by night, which inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Take a look at the tightly clustered tenement buildings of Old Town, some reaching 14 stories. It is said people on the higher floors could reach out and shake hands with their neighbors in the opposite building, whereas people below kept their ears open for warnings of 'Gardyloo!' you will find out what this means.

Stop before the formidable St Giles Cathedral, formally known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the cradle of Scottish Reformation during the 16th century. As you gaze up at the crown steeple, listen to dramatic historical tales involving Protestant Reformers, brave Covenanters and the fiery Jenny Geddes who threw her chair at a bishop, an act that supposedly started a riot that led to war.

In Parliament Square, stand before the House built in 1641 and hear about the Great Fire of 1824. Admire the 15th-century craftsmanship of John Knox House while learning of its role in the turbulent abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.

From Lawnmarket, the oldest part of Old Town, walk up Castlehill to the ceremonial parade ground called the Esplanade, which boasts commanding views of the city.

Then, enter Scotland's most famous historic attraction: Edinburgh castle. This castle has witnessed a number of bloody battles, including the War of Independence between the Scots and English in the 14th Century. Learn about its remarkable history on a 45-minute guided tour of the grounds.

After the tour concludes, you can move through the rooms and see wonders like the Honours of Scotland, the oldest crown jewels in the United Kingdom, and the Stone of Destiny, the coronation seat of ancient kings. You can also visit St Margarets Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, and its military museums.

Inclusions

Local guide

Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle

Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Stroller accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 5 years

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Please note: Edinburgh Castle will not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Mar-2020

    Our guide was very informative. The tour was more than I expected. I would definitely recommend. The Edinburgh castle was impressive.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    We had a great tour on Friday 14th Feb 2020.Our Guide Emma was wonderful under appalling weather conditions. Would definitely recommended this company.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    Our tour guide Eva was very nice and had considerable knowledge of Scotland's history. I was glad to have a guide because many interesting details would have been missed.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    Stephanie was knowledgeable, fun, informative, energetic and a pleasure. Well worth the money for the time spent.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    I highly recommend this Historical Walking tour of Edinburgh. We had a wonderful guide in Margaret Ann. She was knowledgable, informed, witty, and charming. She truly loves her city and communicates that love with her information, stories, and visual aids. We toured the historic closes, marveled at some remaining buildings that predate America by hundreds of years. Margaret Ann made the story of this city come alive and ended our tour at the top of the Castle where all of Edinburgh lay at our feet. It was a truly enjoyable and enlightening experience. Thank you, Margaret Ann

  • 31-Oct-2019

    Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I am a history buff and still learned so much. The Castle is unbelievable.

  • 22-Oct-2019

    Great walk and learn experience. Loved the visual to identify the group and the visuals used to compare the history with the current Edinburgh. Lovely town. Great tour guide.

  • 22-Oct-2019

    The tour guide did an amazing dynamic job at explaining the history of Edinburgh. The tour covered the important sites at a walking distance from each other. This tour is recommended for those who want to learn some history of the city.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    What a fun and informative tour this was! I’ve been on many tours before where the guides just give the basic information in a boring way and felt I’d wasted my money. Our expert guide Linda not only had pictures of the people she was talking about, but she had the inside scoop on everything we experienced. The rich and detailed history was so valuable and presented in a fun way that was very memorable. Job well done Linda! Good idea to do this tour the first day you’re there!

  • 18-Oct-2019

    Tour guide Sam was very knowledgeable on the history of the Royal Mile and of Edinburgh Castle. His expertise made for a enjoyable tour.

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