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

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Product ID: 34829
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Skip the lines for a 1.5-hour tour of Edinburgh Castle and hear stories of one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Enjoy panoramic views over Edinburgh and learn about the kings, queens, and soldiers that lived in the castle.
About this activity
Duration 1.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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  • Skip the long lines for a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • Learn the secrets of Edinburgh’s Castle's historic residents
  • Go to the Half Moon Battery, the National War Museum and War Memorial
  • See the Royal Crown Jewels of Scotland
  • Learn about the wars with England and the fight for Scottish independence
  • Visit the Castle Esplanade
  • Hear about the dog cemetery and more
Full description
Standing on Castle Rock, an extinct volcano cut to its hard basalt core in the Ice Age, Edinburgh Castle overlooks the Old Town that nestles in its shadow.

Skip the long lines to enter Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction and learn about one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Your guide will tell you stories of the kings, queens, lovers and soldiers that lived, for better or worse, behind the fortress walls.

Despite its seemingly impenetrable defenses, the castle’s past is riddled with dramatic conquests, captures and tales of destruction. By contrast, today it is one of the quietest places in Edinburgh, far above the city’s busy streets.

In addition to panoramic city views, see the Crown Jewels of Scotland, including the legendary Stone of Destiny, the Great Hall, the infamous dungeons, and the enormous Mons Meg cannon. Discover why it’s the only place in the world to host a graveyard for dogs, and be mesmerized by the smallest shrine you’ve ever seen.
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Guided Tour

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Frankie & Benny's at 130 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS. Look out for the red umbrella.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour operator doesn't allow guests to join the tour at a different time or at a different location than the meeting point
• Children aged 4 and under are welcome to join this tour for free
• Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5:00 PM and your castle ticket is valid for the day of purchase