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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Set amid splendid gardens at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the British royals, who first decamped here from nearby Edinburgh Castle back in the 15th century. The complex grew from a 12th-century abbey, whose ruins can still be seen on the grounds, into a full-fledged Baroque palace complete with elaborate plasterwork, sumptuous furnishings, and a number of tapestries. The palace is perhaps most famous for having hosted to the rather unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots, whose beloved secretary was slaughtered here by her jealous second husband.

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Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.77
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$21.77
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Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket

Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket

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Skip notoriously long entrance lines when you book an admission ticket in advance to Holyroodhouse, Scotland’s royal residence. Head straight in and start exploring the grounds and historic rooms where Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the current Queen of England have all lived and conducted business.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.45
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$22.45
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

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Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, its still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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  • 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.63
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.12
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$24.12
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.34
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Virtual Old Edinburgh Tour

Virtual Old Edinburgh Tour

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Enjoy a live Virtual Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town with your own private tour guide. You may not be able to come to Edinburgh, so let us bring it to you. We Walk though the Old Town exploring the Closes and Wynds as if you were actually there. You can chat and ask questions just as you would on a normal Walking Tour.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.35
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Award-winning family friendly cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast

Award-winning family friendly cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast

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Leanne, your guide will ensure we go at your pace, ask as many questions as you like and enjoy the ride with your little ones, without the feeling of being rushed in a large group. Leanne can modify the route to suit your families' ability and the beauty of this ride is that is it mainly on dedicated cycle paths. This is a fun ride with the promise of an ice cream (or coffee!) on the beach or inside to warm up if in winter. It is a 10 mile round trip.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.76
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Private Edinburgh driving tour

Private Edinburgh driving tour

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Cover more sights in less time during a private driving tour of Edinburgh, during which you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide. Opting for a private tour means that you’ll enjoy the flexibility to create your own sightseeing schedule, while letting someone else drive gives you more time to focus on the scenery.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$625.86
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Bike, beers and brewery tour

Bike, beers and brewery tour

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This is a unique tour in that we shall combine a cycle tour and brewery tour in one! Work up a thirst to enjoy that well earned craft beer. Bellfield Brewery also brew gluten free beer!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.44
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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We love running and we love Edinburgh, bring your trainers and let us show you our wonderful and vibrant city on foot! Hear stories of Edinburgh past and present whilst we tour the capital city at your pace. We will take in all the main city sights and then finish off with a breathtaking climb up Arthur's Seat to see the city from a panoramic view.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.82
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Natura Bike Tours

Natura Bike Tours

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I am Román, passionate about cycling, nature and adventure sports. Currently I combine my studies in the high performance mountain bike school, the work of a bicycle mechanic and the tourist guide. Wanting to offer a better service, take the mountain bike guide courses in technical fields and the outdoor first aid course. I am constantly looking for new routes, stories and anecdotes to make each tour a unique experience. Our tours will also be accompanied by Marina, manager of Natura bikes and a student at the University of Edinburgh in psychology and business. She is in charge of taking photos and making sure the experience is something unforgettable.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.11
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Family Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

Family Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

If you're visiting Edinburgh with your family, book a private sightseeing tour specially designed for those with kids. With a private guide, the tour can be tailored to your children's ages and interests to keep everyone entertained. Perhaps check out medieval Old Town, the art galleries of New Town, or something active like climbing Arthur's Seat.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.33
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of planning on a private tour with door-to-door chauffeur service, bottled water, and complimentary wifi. Your drive and guide tailors the day’s itinerary according to your needs and interests, with potential stops ranging from Edinburgh Castle to Charlotte Square. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, this private experience ensures your guide’s full attention and a customized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$370.75
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Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Join us for this half day tour of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Exploring the Old Town on foot, led by your local Blue Badge Guide, is the best way to soak up the local atmosphere. Starting on top of the volcanic rock, we will visit the iconic Edinburgh castle. Then we will follow the ancient path of a glacier all the way to bottom of the Royal Mile. Your guide will lead the you through narrow closes and beautiful buildings surrounding the Royal Mile, giving you the chance to discover the city’s history and its famous citizens along the way. Our tour finishes with a view of both the Royal palace of Holyrood and the modern Scottish Parliament, a fantastic introduction to the city of Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.23
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Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

We offer ½ day, full-day, and multi-day tours depending on the time and the budget that you have. All tours are exclusive to you and your party (1-7 passengers) in our exclusive Mercedes Bens V-Class AMG model executive vehicles, which come with the following as standard – Client controlled air-con/Wi-Fi/on-board refreshments/AC charging facilities for mobile devices and cameras. Contact us and we will work with you so we can include the things you really want to see, spending more time at the places you want to spend time at, and leaving the things and places you don’t get to see for the next time you visit us.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$340.14
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
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$102.04
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$360.37
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Private Outlander Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Private Outlander Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Take the guesswork out of your 'Outlander' pilgrimage on this guided walking tour that takes you to the exact locations featured in the TV series and novels. In a small group of no more than 12 people, see such sites as Jamie's printshop and the Tolbooth prison while learning from your guide about life in Edinburgh during and after the time of the Jacobite uprisings.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.63
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$108.85
$27.22 savings
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$108.85
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.09
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.83
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A Day in Medieval Edinburgh

A Day in Medieval Edinburgh

Your tour will take you on a comfortable walk in the Old Town along the famed Royal Mile. Hear stories of the murderers, geniuses, body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers. See the eerie site of witch burnings and the castle sitting high above the city on its volcanic rock, then it's down Victoria St and into the Grassmarket and up the "Candlemakers Row" to see the Greyfriars churchyard and a statue to Greyfriars "Bobby" before heading past the "Birthplace" of Harry Potter. After lunch, we continue on our walk with a visit to the High Kirk of St Giles a pre-reformation Cathedral. Further down see the former home of John Knox, the Calvanistic reformer, then it's on to the Canongate Kirk and graveyard, where Her Majesty the Queen worships when in Edinburgh. A little further down "The" Mile and sitting in the shadow of Edinburgh's extinct volcano, and across the road from the Scottish Parliament building sits Holyrood Palace & Abbey (12c).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.05
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$69.05
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

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Embrace the best that Edinburgh has to offer on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of the Royal Mile. You’ll cover everything along the famous route, starting in the Lawnmarket and following it down to Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament. Listen as your guide tells you the little-known stories of the city’s most important people and events, before returning to a central location.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.82
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Explore Edinburgh's Landscapes

Explore Edinburgh's Landscapes

Escape the city center and discover some of Edinburgh’s most impressive natural landscapes—all of which are within easy reach of the capital—on a private tour that guarantees the undivided attention of your guide. Depending on your fitness level, choose to conquer either challenging peaks or gentle coastal trails.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.33
Price varies by group size
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$110.33
Price varies by group size
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Edinburgh Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

Edinburgh Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

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Discover the best that Edinburgh has to offer during this private walking tour. From the top of the Royal Mile, explore the grounds of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, home to the Crown Jewels, then make your way through Old Town Edinburgh and learn about the city’s history. After a delicious pub lunch—not included—take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, once occupied by Mary Queen of Scots.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$401.37
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Palace of Holyroodhouse hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Holyroodhouse can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 64 Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Holyroodhouse costs USD 8.15. Guided Palace of Holyroodhouse tours start around USD 8.15 per person. See all 64 Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets and tours on Viator.