1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Edinburgh: Old Town Architecture Tour

Product ID: 81747
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Explore the fascinating historical and modern architecture in the Old Town, from iconic buildings to secluded courtyards. With your architect guide, become an expert spotter of the look-alikes of medieval Baronial castles around the Royal Mile.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Discover Edinburgh with an architect guide in a small group of no more than 8
  • Wander atmospheric closes, squares, courtyards, crescents, and terraces
  • Hit all the iconic sites of the city including Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, and the Scottish Parliament
  • Learn about the origins of Edinburgh's symbols
Full description
Build an in-depth understanding of Edinburgh as your architect-guide brings the city’s history to life through architecture.

Experience how sweeping changes in Old Town fortunes have impacted its changing looks: explore how the city changed from a fortress to a market-town dense with timber skyscrapers, from a cradle of the Enlightenment to an overcrowded slum, to a near complete overhaul into a picturesque Victorian fantasy. Learn why Edinburgh still has space to build new striking contemporary gems right in the heart of the Old Town. 

Discover the bustling Royal Mile, award-winning architecture such as the (in)famous Scottish Parliament, and a handpicked sample of brilliantly restored original buildings from every era.
  • Guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet on Princes Street, next to "Waverley mall" beacon, outside the Waverley Mall, outside Costa coffee. Look out for the guide with an orange sheet for Architecture Tours.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
This tour will run rain or shine.
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Cobble Tales

Product ID: 81747