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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.


  • 2-hour 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

On this affordable tour, you’ll see not only Old Town's amazing historical architecture but also hear stories and secrets from Edinburgh’s past. Learn about the real-life person who inspired the fictional character of Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde. Then, enjoy fast-track entry into Edinburgh Castle.

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What You Can Expect

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

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour

Your 2-hour 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 45-minute 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.

Customer Reviews

Sheila F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I'm now obsessed with the castle! Great tour guide Naomi! She was very funny and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had such a great time on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and you could tell he was proud of his city. He even gave us more information every time we ran into him after our tour had ended. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting Edinburgh.

savanna h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was hilarious! I can and #39;t think of her name right now but this is a tour I highly recommend to anyone coming to Edinburgh. She was well informed and kept us laughing. Absolutely a 5 star experience!

Susan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was wonderful and skip the line is definately the way to go :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guide
Easy pace


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was very interesting. Two people had to use the restroom and missed over an hour of the tour. Guide was very concerned in their well-being, but this distracted from the tour. She was easy to understand and mixed enough of the old with the new throughout the tour. She had some print-outs that she showed us in a binder and I quite enjoyed being able to see what she was speaking about.

David L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent walking tour around the o,d town in Edinburgh. Our guide William was excellent and kept everyone well informed and also had a very entertaining way of telling stories.

Definitely recommended

Daryl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was not what I had expected from the tour description, but still very good.

Suzie Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. An overall history of the town.

Laurie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Hannah was an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend this tour of the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

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