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

  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
From US$ 38.95
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Tour departs at 10am
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There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save up to three hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
What to Expect

This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk.

Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland.

Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.

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Reviews (339)

1 - 5 of 80 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Royal Mile

Our guide Nicky made this rainy afternoon very interesting. It was full of historic interesting places and stories, told in a amusing way.

Thank Dan N
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour with Emma!

Had a lively walking tour of Edinburgh with Emma who brought the history of the city to life. She paced the tour well and explained many details of the buildings we visited and the different sections of the city. The tour of the castle was...More

Thank Geri R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best way to understand history

Simon our guide was great Lots of anecdotes and he avoided the festival pack. By chance we went to the portrait gallery first which was not only exceptional but the portraits were in historical order with a brief history

1  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Enjoyable tour with a knowledgeable guide!

Emma was our guide for a 3 hour walking tour on the Royal Mile and in the Edinburgh castle. We learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh that we would have missed it we just visited the castle ourselves. This tour is a good...More

Thank Amy A
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very interstersting tour through Royal Mile in Edinburgh

During our stay in Edinburgh we decided to do a historical tour through the Royal Mile up and into the Edinburgh Castle. We booked the Tour which was guided in German by Nora. Nora was brilliant, she told everything with a great portion of humor...More

Thank MicheleStone
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8 July 2018|
Response from Velimir M | Reviewed this property |
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22 June 2018|
Response from Jennifer M | Reviewed this property |
I think our guided tour prior to the Castle was an hour and a half - maybe two hours? And then we got an overview of the castle and could stay afterwards on our own.
22 June 2018|
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Response from Martinmjgh | Reviewed this property |
There is a limited tour of the castle, as well as the skip the line entry. So the guide (at least for us) walked through the grounds and told us a fair bit of interesting stuff and then pointed out the main places (the... More