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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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10am Departure
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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 4 days ago via mobile
Excellent Tour.

Booked the Secrets of the Royal Mile + Edinburgh Castle. Unfortunately on the day we shared the Tour with 'Storm Hector'! However, thanks mainly to our Excellent Guide - Margaret Ann, we braved the Elements and thouroughly enjoyed the 'Royal Mile' Section, sadly due to...More

Thank David T
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi David - you just never can reply on Edinburgh weather! Thanks for joining us & braving the storm, we're very happy you enjoyed it! I hope you made it back to visit the castle later - at least you left with added knowledge of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great historical fun facts

We visited Edinburgh with our dog. This tour was a nice way to learn more about the history of Edinburgh. Our dog was allowed to come along and we had a great and informative time. Our guide (sorry for forgetting the name, but we think...More

Thank Paul G
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks Paul, delighted you had a great time on the tour exploring Edinburgh :)

Reviewed 1 week ago
Secrets of the royal mile

Our guide for this history walk in Edinburgh was Simon. He is friendly, professional and informative. The tour was pitched just about right for a very mixed group of tourists and facts were punctuated with humour . It was good to get straight into the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fascinating and fun tour of Edinburgh Old Town

We really enjoyed the tour of the Old Town. Margaret Ann brought the history of the city alive with facts and stories. We had a fun walk and learned about the history of this fascinating city and the Castle.

Thank LeeB0n
Reviewed 1 week ago
Secrets of the royal Mile

The tour my husband and I opted was 'Secrets of the Royal Mile'. The tour was well thought and presented by our lovely guide 'Sue'. Sue told us very interesting facts about the edinburgh city more specifically the area in and around royal mile, which...More

Thank Pratibha N
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Kaitlin J
12 June 2018|
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Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
Four hours but we stopped for a “spot of tea” about half way through. Bring your walking shoes it’s uphill all the way to the castle! Have fun!!
Cynthia T
26 May 2018|
Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
The national war museum was not included. Hollyrood was separate, but the tour guide went and retrieved our tickets to Edinburgh castle for us. We then entered the castle and stayed for as long as we wanted. They do have... More