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Edinburgh Old Town Guided Walking Tour - Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral, John Knox House, Castlehill & More!

  • When does it run?
    Daily
  • Start time
    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 10:00am, 01:00pm 
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 01:00pm
  • Duration
    1.5 hours
Inclusions
  • Walking Tour of the Royal Mile
  • English guide
Date
Guests
  • Adult (16+)
  • Child (5-15)

Key Highlights

  • Step back into Edinburgh’s historic past with a walking tour of Old Town and Royal Mile
  • Explore Royal Mile, the main artery of Old Town, with a guide
  • See St Giles Cathedral, High Street, Parliament Square, John Knox House, Lawnmarket and Castlehill
  • Discover Old Town as you walk through its narrow wyndes and closes with an expert guide
  • Explore places in Edinburgh that are not covered by tour buses and guidebooks

Overview

This tour is a fascinating introduction to the secrets and tales of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Your tour will follow the Royal Mile; the the main artery of the Old Town area which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace.

This tour will lead you where tour buses or guide books won’t take you; the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    1.5 hours

  • Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 10:00am, 01:00pm 
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 01:00pm

  • Meeting Point

    Tour starts at Mercat Cross, Royal Mile, EH1 1RF. Look for the 8-sided monument with white Unicorn on top just after Cafe Nero.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

Itinerary

  • You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers. Your tour will take you through the narrow alleyways of the Royal Mile, often no more than a few feet wide, leading downhill on either side of the main spine forming a herringbone pattern. There are numerous notable buildings in the area such as St. Giles' Cathedral . Visit Parliament Hall which is the oldest part of the Scottish Parliament and was once the supreme court. It was built in 1632 and while it may no longer be a functioning court the hall has hardly changed and will transport you back hundreds of years. The tour also includes a visit to the Discovery Room and an intriguing presentation. Written translations available on request (Fr, Ger, It, Sp, Rus). The tour ends at World’s End, St Mary’s Street.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Walking Tour of the Royal Mile
  • English guide

Exclusions

  • Meals and transport

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

TourTalk: Devices will be used on our tours to allow personal distancing and ensure that the guide is still heard clearly whilst wearing PPE. Visitors are advised to bring their own headphones where possible (standard 3.5mm jack). Headphones will be provided for those who need them.

We have reduced the capacity on each tour to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent and informative Tour
    Heather J Mastromattei, Canada 09/12/2016
  • Edinburgh Old Town Walking Tour
    Mr G Crammond, United Kingdom 10/27/2015

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