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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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    What to Expect
    The tour begins outside our ticket office in the epicentre of the Royal Mile where your guide will welcome you and provide a general introduction to Edinburgh and its history. Be sure to ask about the story behind our ticket office which was a former police box! Then your guide will lead you onto South Bridge where you will spend the next half hour underground travelling through our section of underground street. Hear how and why South Bridge was constructed and examine the eighteenth-century bridge arches and stonework from the former houses along the former street. Get a very real sense as to what it was like for an ordinary person to live in this age-old metropolis.  

    Next, the tour returns above ground to Royal Mile and you will journey through the “lower” half of the Old Town towards Holyrood Palace, visiting its half hidden yet beguiling closes wynds and courts. Get to know the incredible occurrences which shaped the city’s development such as devastating fires, collapsing stone buildings and bloody sieges. Learn who was the real-life inspiration for the fictional characters Robinson Crusoe, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. 

    For the final portion of the tour, travel around the stunning Canongate Kirkyard. This beautiful almost 400-year-old church has extensive royal connections, not just with the twelfth-century Scottish monarch David I but also the House of Stuart and even the modern House of Windsor. Amongst those buried inside the graveyard is Adam Smith the intellectual godfather of capitalism as well as literary muses for Robert Burns – Scotland’s national bard. The tour ends outside Canongate Kirkyard on the Royal Mile, but your guide will happily lead you back to the ticket office where the tour began.
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    Departure Point
    124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
    • Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide.
    • Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.
    • Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.
    • Access to our exclusive section of underground.
    • For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Never found the tour leader. Could not even find the address where we were to meet. Asked all the shopkeepers on the very busy street and they could not pinpoint the address either.
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    We had the very entertaining guide Al take us around the underground vaults and overground along the Royal Mile in the old town. He was funny and very knowledgeable. A great tour.
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    We had a great Historical and underground tour of the old town with Alasdair. He was funny, very knowledgeable and made Edinburghs history come alive.
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    Very interesting tour and the guide Alasdair was a Pro! Very fun and with a great knowledge. A niece afternoon walk both under and over ground.
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    Excellent tour around some hunted places before going underground. Our guide, Nel, was awesome! She really got into her character and took US back in time. Highly recommended!!
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