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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

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Overview
With an inordinate amount of historic attractions to go see, you won’t want to waste any time during your vacation in Edinburgh. Save up to two hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of the Scottish capital’s most recognizable monuments. On a guided tour, discover secret histories and hidden details that you’d otherwise miss as you watch your guide bring the fortress’ history to life.
Highlights
  • Save up to two hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle 
  • Avoid the lines and head straight inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Learn more about the castle's history on a guided tour 
  • Spend free time exploring the castle independently once the tour concludes
What to Expect
Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you’ll greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved up to two hours of waiting time, explore the grounds of the castle and visit curiosities such as the world’s smallest shrine and a cemetery reserved exclusively for dogs. Stroll through Crown Square, see the crown jewels of Scotland, and enrich your knowledge of Scottish military history in the National War Museum. Once your tour concludes, feel free to continue exploring the castle independently at your own pace.
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Important Information
Departure Point
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
Inclusions
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase.
  • Children (4 or under) can join the Edinburgh Castle Tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Our tour starts at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant. We don't allow guests to join after the start time, and we don't allow guests to join the tour if they don't show up in our current start point at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 1.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
  • Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Awesome tour , very nice historic castle. Our guide, Alasdair was amazing and made our tour more fun and interesting! definitely recommending this tour!
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I just finished the tour and I must say that, Richard was a fantastic guide! He really knew his stuff, and his enthusiasm for the subject allowed him to convey the history of Edinburgh Castle in a very accessible way. I'm really glad that we decided to sign up for the castle
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Excellent and very informative, and Fiona was “Super” and we did another with Fiona which was very informative and interesting. We normally pay for a tour but our son set this up for us . He had done so when he visited. In all honesty I found the Free walking tours with Fiona
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I was stunned at all the history Raj, the guide, talked about. It sounded even bloodier and more dramatic than game of thrones. Im glad Raj was there to tell us about the castle - otherwise I would just have read the exhibitions, taken a few photos and left. He is a good
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Alistair* (hope I spelled this right) was an amazing tour guide and quite funny! The castle is amazing and rich in history. Highly recommend this tour and this guide!!
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By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
23,036 reviews
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haroldronn
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
51
Amazing, fun and Historic tour!!
Awesome tour , very nice historic castle. Our guide, Alasdair was amazing and made our tour more fun and
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CurtB1982
10
Well worth doing.
I just finished the tour and I must say that, Richard was a fantastic guide! He really knew his stuff, and his
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Ray L
10
Castle walking tour
Excellent and very informative, and Fiona was “Super” and we did another with Fiona which was very informative and
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Schwarzey
East Thetford, Vermont
115
Perfectly Uncomfortable
Horrible windy cold wet weather added to the amazing stories of crime, murders & legends. The clearly spoken
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Mininana
Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
2719
Mary (Mery?) is amazing.
We did a free tour with her in Spanish. Not only she is super knowledgeable, she also tells the history with great
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gmcarmelmissioninn
30
Angus is AMAZING
Great tour to get a bit knowledge and exercise. Angus made this tour enjoyable with his wit and story telling. I
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dustyvans
42
Excellent walk back through Edinburgh's history
Fascinating tour through some of the darker moments of the citys history, led by our delightful tour guide
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Annabanananr2
53
Great tour
We had a great time with our guide Mel B! She had a lot of knowledge and you could tell she loved telling us about
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AlexJMacdonald
Leicester, United Kingdom
24
Edgars Enigmatic Edinburgh Extravaganza
Brilliant way to learn about the dark history of Edinburgh! We had Edgar as our guide, what a great guy! So much
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efra3
22
Free walking tour with Raj
We had a great time discovering the city with Raj as our tour guide. We saw some of the most iconic areas of the
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Uniqhand
22
Edinburgh castle has so much history!
I was stunned at all the history Raj, the guide, talked about. It sounded even bloodier and more dramatic than
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Mackenzie K
10
Amazing and Magical time!
Jen was our tour guide and she was amazing!! My friends and I had such a great time! She kept things very fun and
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acpodplesky
Spokane, Washington
20
Free Edinburgh Walking Tour
James was a fantastic guide! A lot of tours I've been on talk about the history of a landmark, which is great, but
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Kevin M
New York City, New York
111
Great tour!
Alistair* (hope I spelled this right) was an amazing tour guide and quite funny! The castle is amazing and rich in
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KmanWent
East Midlands, United Kingdom
13048
Great intro to the city
Had a 2 hour walking tour. Learned a lot about John Knox and Greyfriars Bobby, and of the connection between
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish
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