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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional 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 (if option selected), 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
  • Upgrade to included skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle

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
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Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle (if this option is selected)
Award-winning local storytellers
Small group experience
TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance

Departure Point

Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
Your sightseeing tour of historic Edinburgh begins in early afternoon. Meet your guide 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 enjoy sweeping views of the bustling city below.

Next, head to Edinburgh Castle, strategically perched upon the craggy hilltop of Castle Rock, where you have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior, if you've selected this option. 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Castle
If the "castle included" option is selected you will enjoy a 30 minute introductory tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide and then have as much free time as you like to explore the Castle afterwards
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Giles' Cathedral
View the exterior and hear the history.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parliament House
View the exterior
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Explore on foot. Hear the history from your guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Margaret's Chapel
Included with castle entry ticket.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
Explore on foot with your storytelling guide.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John Knox House Museum
View the exterior and discover the history with your guide
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castlehill
Enjoy the views over Edinburgh.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note: Edinburgh Castle will not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children over 5yrs only
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercat Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "She was very conscious about the pace and making sure that everyone was keeping up - it is ALOT of walking, so wear comfortable shoes." See review
  • "This tour is recommended for those who want to learn some history of the city." See review

Reviews

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Great tour!
Fiona_T
, Oct 2020
Nicki was a great guide with lots of interesting info. Shame she couldn’t take us in the castle due to COVID restrictions.
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star-5
One trip to do while in Edinburgh
BrianC
, Sep 2020
Simon was a great tour leader; humorous, knowledgeable, personable and respectful. The audio link was excellent, which really helped to hear Simon over the street noise and other tour leaders' ramblings! Highly recommended.
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star-5
Fantastic value for money
Stephen_M
, Sep 2020
Charles was a fantastic guide with wealth of knowledge and interesting facts. Due to the current restrictions the size of our walking group was perfect.
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Ok
Akshay_D
, Mar 2020
Okish. Won’t recommend ....not much of history in history tour. Hardly any info given about the castle and its history
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star-5
Fabulous experience
Cory
, Feb 2020
Our guide was very informative. The tour was more than I expected. I would definitely recommend. The Edinburgh castle was impressive.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Cory, Thanks for taking the time to review us. Very happy you enjoyed your tour. We agree with you on the castle, there's so much to see there and some great views too! All the best, Kim
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Wonderful tour.
Helen_J
, Feb 2020
We had a great tour on Friday 14th Feb 2020.Our Guide Emma was wonderful under appalling weather conditions. Would definitely recommended this company.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Helen, We're glad the weather didn't impact your tour with us and that we have earned your recommendation! Thank you very much, Kim
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Edinburgh castle
mporesky
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide Eva was very nice and had considerable knowledge of Scotland's history. I was glad to have a guide because many interesting details would have been missed.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi mporesky, We're glad we could share some of the finer details of Edinburgh with you. Thanks for joining us and for your kind words about Eva. Best Wishes, Kim
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Delightful
804ronaldj
, Nov 2019
Stephanie was knowledgeable, fun, informative, energetic and a pleasure. Well worth the money for the time spent.
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Wonderful Walking Tour
anitaporter1030
, Nov 2019
I highly recommend this Historical Walking tour of Edinburgh. We had a wonderful guide in Margaret Ann. She was knowledgable, informed, witty, and charming. She truly loves her city and communicates that love with her information, stories, and visual aids. We toured the historic closes, marveled at some remaining buildings that predate America by hundreds of years. Margaret Ann made the story of this city come alive and ended our tour at the top of the Castle where all of Edinburgh lay at our feet. It was a truly enjoyable and enlightening experience. Thank you, Margaret Ann
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wonderful introduction
Destination20814
, Oct 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I am a history buff and still learned so much. The Castle is unbelievable.
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