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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
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Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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 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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk (Please do not go straight to the castle). Look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
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  • Pass by
    SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    National War Museum of Scotland
    Stop: 15 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Margaret's Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Castle Terrace
    Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
    Your Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
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Highlights
  • Save hours of 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 greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved 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 travellers can participate
  • Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Virginia I wrote a review Mar 2020
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I went on both the free walking tour and castle tour with Alistair who was an awesome guide, very knowledgable about the city and Scottish history, with lots of fun and intrigue along the way. Definitely recommend :)
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pabate wrote a review Mar 2020
Naugatuck, Connecticut14 contributions1 helpful vote
Australian Dave was our guide and he was great. Informative, entertaining, and thoughtful - you could not ask for better. While the guides are not allowed to "go in" to any of the rooms with you the tour beautifully sets up your experience so that you go in armed with the
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Justin W wrote a review Mar 2020
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We took a tour with Sarah this morning and it was fantastic!! Sarah was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and funny. If anyone has a chance to take a tour with her, don’t hesitate!
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Cindy L wrote a review Mar 2020
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This tour is a must! You can visit the castle on your own but you won’t know what you are looking at or the history. Our tour guide was sooo good that people kept trying to join and listen in on our tour at the castle, she kept having to tell people that she was conducting a
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Laura W wrote a review Mar 2020
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Sarah our tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She provided a fun experience. The castle is well with the visit.
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Amazing
The Guide was absolutely amazing. Great sense of humour and incredibly knowledgable as well. Angus really made me
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Very entertaining tour!
Angus thoroughly entertained us with stories, fun facts & spectacular views. There was something for everyone. High
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Ghost stories and much more! 👻
Very interesting, vatiety of stories and a bit of history too! Our tour guide Jen was excellent, very enthusiastic
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Just brilliant!
We did the tour with the wonderful Jen on the Friday evening. Weather was perfect to visit all the spooky graveyard
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The tour that didn't happen
I booked in advance and arrived at the requested 15' before the tour started. I was told that the group was for 5 p
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Excellent Spanish free tour!
The tour was really cool. The guide “Carlos Paz” was really funny and made us learn a lot and laugh. We made the fr
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Great few hours in Edinburgh
The tour was both very interesting & extremely good value for money. The guide “Jule” was brilliant & obviously a g
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Great tour with August.
It was a great tour. August was our tour guide, he was fun and made the tour really cool. I'd definitely recommend
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Excellent Tour
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide (Fiona) was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and made the experience a plea
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Great tour
Really enjoyed the tour, Angus our tour guide was very knowledgable, and also made it fun for us. The tour was done
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Lighthearted sightseeing tour
Me and my partner really enjoyed the tour last night. Angus took the time to learn where everyone on the tour was f
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Great tour!
What a great tour of Edinburgh at night, our guide (Jane) was extremely knowledgeable and she told us some very goo
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Harry potter walking tour in Edinburgh a truely magical and entertaining tour
Jenny our guide knew all the Harry Potter facts, the greyfriars graveyard was fascinating. A great walking tour wit
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Fantastic walk!
Really great walk with lovely Jenn. She was absolutely fantastic and funny. We also learned a lot about the city an
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
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