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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
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago
The Best Tour Guide

Our tour Guide, Laura, is the best storyteller. She wove the stories into the buildings and sights we saw. She was very professional and made sure that everyone in the tour was included by talking to everyone individually at the start of the tour. She...More

1  Thank TrueCriticGJ
Reviewed 5 days ago
Tour city of Royal Mile and Castle

We took this tour the day after arriving in Edinburgh. It was a great way to familiarize ourselves with the area and we were able to skip the long lines at Edinburgh Castle. Our tour guide, Emma, was knowledable and friendly.

Thank rjperkins
Reviewed 6 days ago
Historical Tour with Laura

2018/09/18 Very nice tour, very informative, very funny. Really enjoyed having Laura as tour guide, to tell us about the secret and 'nasty' history of 'Auld Reek'! And the castle is just spectaculare!

Thank Sightsee815109
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Edinburgh walking tour

This was an amazing tour on our first visit to Edinburgh. Simon was an awesome guide. He had great stories of Scottish history. The castle is not to be missed.

1  Thank Yvonne S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very enjoyable and informative tour

This was our second visit to Edinburgh, a city we fell in love with during our first visit. This time, we decided to try the Mysteries of the Royal Mile Mercat tour. Our guide, Nikki, was excellent. She made the tour educational and lots of...More

1  Thank gpas
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Ellie A
18 August 2018|
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Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
The Crown Jewels are here as well as The Stone of Destiny!
8 July 2018|
Response from Velimir M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can.
21 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.