Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour With Optional Palace Of Holyrood House Admission

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
  • Return Details :
    Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, 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.


Follow the route of royals, past and present, on this 1.5-hour guided small group walking tour through Edinburgh's Old Town and Palace of holyroodhouse. Learn about legendary Scottish royals like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and hear tales of battles, ceremonies, and scandals, unlocking the history of the ancient seat of power.


Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

Step back in time on a history tour

Small-group tour

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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At 11am meet your local guide in Edinburgh's Old Town and get ready to tread the route of royals, past and present, on this 1.5-hour small group tour.

Let your guide unlock the history of this ancient seat of power as you explore Edinburgh's most famous street, The royal mile, and discover the hidden story of the Canongate as well as the glorious Palace of holyroodhouse. Discover an approach to the palace that escapes the notice of history books and bus tours.

As you walk down the quiet "closes." or alleyways, of the Canongate your expert guide will show you a different side of the royal city in rich, engaging detail. Here, rebellious Jacobites clattered over the cobbles, led by a proud Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Deacon Brodie led his dual life as locksmith and thief, immortalized by Robert Louis Stevenson. Discover that romance and intrigue are everywhere; in the city's architecture, literature, crime, and politics, and on the very doorstep of the British monarch's official Scottish residence.

After the Canongate, listen as your guide introduces the Palace of holyroodhouse. The palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and Her Majesty The Queen still makes use of the state apartments for royal ceremonies. Say goodbye to your guide, make use of your included skip-the-line ticket, and explore the palace's 14 state apartments the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood abbey at your own pace.


Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse


Food and drinks

Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

No children under the age of 5

Traveler Reviews

  • 13-Sep-2018

    Simon was an outstanding guide. As I have hearing problems, I found his speaking to be interesting, and extremely clear and understandable - most guides do not come close to that.

  • 09-Aug-2018

    Excellent tour. We enjoyed Sue and she was very informative. Highly recommend this tour. We learned so much.

  • 15-Mar-2018

    Wonderful guide very clear English Language.

  • 28-Aug-2017

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Edinburgh. She took us to many historical places and explained what took place there. The entrance to Holyrood House was skip the line. Would highly recommend both tours.

  • 02-Jul-2016

    Good guide, interesting. Thought the walk up to the castle was going to do me in! So steep, cobblestone streets and too fast a pace for me (76 years of age with a wee bit of lung problem). You Edinborough folks must remember, some people don and #39;t walk a lot and live in flat places --Texas. E.Moore