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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

Independently explore the highlights of this historic attraction at your own pace. Bypass the entrance queue to visit St Margaret's Chapel, marvel at the Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace and discover the battles that shaped Scottish history at the on-site National War Museum. Whichever part of Scotland’s royal past intrigues you, you’re sure to find it at this imposing fortress on Castle Rock.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh this 2-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Scotland on this full-day tour from Edinburgh! With an expert guide, visit millennia-old Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg, and soak up the beauty of Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands. Travel with a small group to historic villages like Lanercost and hear the about Anglo-Scottish wars that once rattled the region.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

Discover the secrets that lie beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on a 1-hour tour of the Real Mary King's Close. Accompanied by a costumed guide, experience Edinburgh’s past as you explore the underground streets, hear stories about real-life residents, and learn about life in Edinburgh during the 17th century.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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The Edinburgh Dungeon Priority Entrance Ticket

Make the most of your time in Edinburgh with a fast-access pass to the Edinburgh Dungeon. This chilling sensory experience includes elaborate special effects, rides and engaging performances. Witness gruesome scenes of Scotland's past, including the horrors of Sawney Bean's cannibal clan, a 19th-century anatomical theater and the putrescence of the plague. The truly brave visitor may choose to volunteer for an interactive demonstration of the gallows.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission

Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Edinburgh Super Saver: Royal Edinburgh History Experience and Ghostly Underground Vaults History Tour

Pack two tours into one day with this Edinburgh tour package, which includes a 1.5-hour royal Edinburgh history tour and a 1-hour ghostly underground vaults history tour. On the first tour, learn about the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history as you make your way down the Royal Mile. Choose to add admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which you can explore before setting off on your second tour. Then, go down in the vaults below Blair Street to become more familiar with the city’s dark history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 2-hour tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides photographic evidence of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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NEW TO VIATOR

Immerse yourself in Scotland's history through the wonders of the silver screen! See filming locations from Mary Queen of Scots, Outlaw King and Outlander as well as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Learn about the real life events that inspired these productions and the locations where they were filmed.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour in Edinburgh

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Greyfriars Kirkyard is rich in history—and on this in-depth, nighttime tour, you’ll discover a side of the landmark that most visitors miss. Follow your guide to the cemetery’s key points of interest, learn about the characters buried here with an interactive projector tour, and even discover how Greyfriars inspired Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Old Town Edinburgh Walking Tour

Explore the historic heart of the Scottish capital on this 3-hour walking tour of Edinburgh. Hear stories of medieval life, legendary royals and notorious criminals as you follow your guide around the UNESCO-listed Old Town and stroll down the famous Royal Mile. Along the way, stop to admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland; pass the John Knox House and explore the ancient buildings along Canongate. Best of all: this small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring a personalised experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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