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

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 hours 15 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh this walking tour with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence, and pass iconic locations like St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House.
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Wander down centuries-old cobblestone streets, passageways and Edinburgh tenements
  • See St Giles Cathedral, High Street, Parliament Square, John Knox House, Lawnmarket and Castlehill
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle after the tour of Old Town and the Royal Mile

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See all the highlights of the Old Town—including a skip-the-line visit to Edinburgh Castle—to make the most of limited time
Your sightseeing tour of historic Edinburgh begins in early afternoon. Meet your guide at Mercat Cross on High Street and stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and learning about how centuries of Dunediners (or Edinburgers!) have lived within the city’s narrow passageways, termed ‘closes’ and ‘wynds.’ As you walk, hear about Edinburgh’s extensive history, officially beginning with Roman settlement, though most renowned for its infamous royal residents and bloody wars of religious reformation and independence. 
Follow medieval streets and alleys, and check out the protected Reformation-era constructions such as St Giles Cathedral, often called the High Kirk of Edinburgh. Hear some of the site’s dramatic events like that of Protestant reformer Jenny Geddes, whose assault on a bishop indirectly led to the Wars on the Three Kingdoms. Stop in Parliament Square and at the famous John Knox House, a historic treasure that is one of the last original medieval buildings on the Royal Mile. Then continue on to Castlehill, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the bustling city below.
Next, head to Edinburgh Castle, strategically perched upon the craggy hilltop of Castle Rock, where you’ll have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior. Learn about medieval life in the palace and the many bloody battles fought here such as the War of Independence in the 14th century. On a guided tour, explore grand buildings like the Royal Palace and Margaret’s Chapel, see the ancient Stone of Destiny, and soak up the glimmer of the Honours of Scotland’s – the UK’s oldest crown jewels.
Your excursion ends here in the afternoon.

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wim D
, May 2019

friendly, interactive and a lot of information , I think we have seen much more of the city than expected

Stephen H
, May 2019

A wonderful day to be had. The company was easy to find, organized and Charlie was definitely passionate about this city and his castle. It is a walking tour and understand that you are going to be walking up hill most of the time. Many things to see and understand about the city, the castle and the history of Edinburgh. Worth taking.

Steve E
, Apr 2019

Linda was a fantastic tour guide, full of knowledge on old historical facts. Linda also provided information on the varied modern era items, movies shot there etc. We were in a large group and could hear clearly as Linda projected her voice loud enough for the people in the back. I would for sure suggest this tour

Tina S
, Mar 2019

Margarat Ann was a fantastic guide, she managed to tell the histore in a very funny and exiting Way! Even though the weather was cold and Windy, she managed to let us forget all about cold feets and rain!
She made our trip to Edingburgh Much better!

Natalie Karr C
, Oct 2018

We had a wonderful morning walking with our two guides. Very informative and interesting. We learned things we could not have learned on our own.

Char Q
, Sep 2018

Amazing tour. The guide was so informative and fun! The castle was very interesting.

lynley g
, Aug 2018

Loved the history..........take the morning tour......less crowds walking around then
Our tour leader was very interesting and was certainly well informed.
Walking shoes a good idea as the footpaths / road are cobblestones.
Great to have Skip the line entry as when we left the castle there was an hour wait in the queue for entry tickets

Marianne O
, Aug 2018

Eva our tourguide was easy to understand. She was a very good storyteller and she had a great degree of knowledge.This is a must for all visitors.

Pamela S
, Jul 2018

My guide was Eva.. Very knowledgeable. Took time to answer questions. I would definitely due another tour with this group, especially if she was leading it.

, Jul 2018

This tour was a great way to get acquainted with the historic center and a brief overview of the castle. It was fun, easy and informative.

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