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

From US$43.50
Highlights
  • 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 
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
From US$43.50
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1:30pm Departure
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Tour departs at 1pm
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Tour departs at 10am
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Overview
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 yesterday
A great tour with a wonderful guide & priceless nuggets of information

This is a good tour to take. It takes about 3 hours. The tour is well organized & our tour guide - Mr. Simon - conducted it well. He was well informed about the city's history & his sense of humour added warmth on a...More

1  Thank Ritvik S
MercatToursLtd, Operations Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you so much, Ritvik! We are so pleased that your tour was so interesting and that it provided you with little stories to take home and make you think of Edinburgh. It is a real honour for us to be able too play a...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
Decent but was slightly boring

Great guide but we were slightly bored towards the end. The street was too busy to really listen well to the history and when we arrived at the castle we were hoping to just explore but had to listen to more talking. Overall, if you...More

Thank nancynell112001
MercatToursLtd, Operations Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are really sorry it was difficult to hear the guide at times. This is something we are working on, as the city has never been so busy! All of our tours are based on storytelling,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knowledgeable guide and interesting tour

We had a very interesting walk up the Royal Mile with Emma today to Edinburgh Castle. Emma was very knowledgeable and the pictures shown to us of people and buildings of the era added to the storytelling of the history of Edinburgh. It was a...More

Thank Victoria S
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Victoria, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your Secrets of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle with Emma, It was a very cold day and the suggestion you make of possibly going indoors at some point is definitely worth consideration. Kindest Regards...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Emma, was great- she told the stories and history of Edinburgh brilliantly and packed loads into the hour and a half tour. The only problem was the website allowed us to book for the free entry into the...More

Thank ellen1907
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Ellen, Thank you for taking time out to post such a positive review on Secrets of the Royal Mile and the time that you spent in the company of Emma. The error on our website has now been corrected and will not be repeated...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing place

Great historical overview, I strongly recommend this place there’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour, the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors,

Thank qasemahm
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kew455
7 April 2018|
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Response from Terri N |
Did this tour today (12th April 2017) where we started the tour at 1pm at Mercat cross and the time stamp on my entry ticket to the castle at 14:33 so it is just shy of an hour and a half before entering the castle. Hope... More
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arthur g
7 April 2018|
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I have the same question. How long is the tour PRIOR TO the castle entry?
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