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Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission

Highlights
  • 90-minute walking tour of Royal Edinburgh
  • Hear stories of legendary Scottish royals like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Admire the historic buildings along Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town
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Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission
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Tour includes skip the line entry to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
US$ 32.45
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Tour without skip the line entry to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
US$ 16.87
Overview
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.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace.

Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life.

Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen.

Finally, bid your guide farewell and use your skip-the-line tickets to explore the Palace of Holyrood independently. Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
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Reviews (10)

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Reviewed 8 May 2018
wonderfully rich walking tour

Our tour guide Naomi gave us a wonderful tour of the Canongate area of Edinborough, an area I knew little about and yet it is so rich in history. The tour was a nice mix of elements--local geography, beautiful/interesting sites, history, and good stories. It...More

Thank marmstr2015
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking time out to post a review on your recent tour with us. Treasures of the Old Town is as you mention a wonderful mix of rich history and is a super introduction to the Canongate, which can sadly be overlooked....More

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Walking tour with Simon/tour of Holyrood Palace

We enjoyed our walking tour with Simon very much. He was friendly and informative and highly recommend that portion of the tour. We included the tour of Holyrood Palace and it was enjoyable. However, we were disappointed that some of the rooms were not available...More

2  Thank Lisa E
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Lisa, Thanks for the review- so glad you enjoyed the time with Simon. Sorry to hear you didn't get to see all the rooms in the palace - i expect it was due to conservation work at the palace. Afternoon tea is supposed to...More

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Great walking tour

Despite the constant rain and wind, we had a very informative walking tour with Simon. We met our guide at the Mercat Cross. Very easy to find. There was a representative from Mercat Tours to check us in and our group of 4 was ready...More

2  Thank Trainbook
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Hi there, Many thanks for your review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your tour with Simon. All our team love giving visitors a warm welcome and helping them explore our beautiful city - even in the rain! Make sure to hold onto your ticket so...More

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Great tour of the Cannongate

Great tour of the Cannongate area of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. I've done several Edinburgh tours before and one of the great things about this tour is that I heard a lot of stories I hadn't heard yet. Simon is a great storyteller and...More

1  Thank bethcr0
Reviewed 8 November 2017
Great way to see some interesting items

Lots of background info on Edinburgh-Scottish history Tour guide very knowledgeable and easy to interact with Very worthwhile

Thank Paul V
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