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Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Product ID: 15764
We think the best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you, and the guide books don’t show you is where our city’s stories lie – the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.
About this activity
Duration: 90 minutes
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Join the original and most popular history tour in Edinburgh
  • Take a unique journey around the sites, stories and secrets of the Old Town you might otherwise miss
  • Get a wonderful introduction to Edinburgh, it’s past and people
  • Enjoy a great tour with the first 5-star walking tour company in Scotland!
  • Take a tour led by historians
Full description
Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.

The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you and the guide books don’t show you is where the city’s stories lie, in the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.

You will visit the sites that are tucked away to see the secrets and hear the tales. Your guide will help you unlock Edinburgh's fascinating past, the culture, crime, politics and people of Scotland’s capital.
  • Ticket for 90-minute scheduled public history tour of the Royal Mile

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, an 8-sided stone monument on the Royal Mile, next to St Giles Cathedral and opposite the City Chambers.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Video recording
Know before you go
• Please dress for the weather wear appropriate footwear
• For health and safety reasons, unfortunately children under 5 years of age are note permitted on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 217 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Our tour was amazing! Our guide was fantastic and personable. We happened to be in Edinburgh during a huge pageant which blocked off big parts of the Royal Mile. Our guide was awesome and guided us all through without losing anyone. Edinburgh has officially become one of my favourite European cities! If you are ever in the city, this tour is an absolute must!

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September 17, 2019

We enjoyed our walking tour of Edinburgh. The Fringe Festival was on which made Edinburgh’s Royal Mile chaotic but the guide managed the situation well taking us down interesting back streets and closes. He was very knowledgeable. If your mobility isn’t good this isn’t the tour for you, lots of steps and hills. The pace was good though our guide catered for older people. Edinburgh is such a charismatic city well worth visiting!!

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August 7, 2019

Good start to our short break in Edinburgh

We arrived in the city from London around 10.30 and booked this 1.30 tour as we couldn't get into our hotel room till 2pm. Having dumped our bags at the hotel we proceed to Mercat Cross just of the Royal Mile and enjoyed a 90 min tour informing us of a lot of the street history in a potted form. Good informative start to our mini 5 day break

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December 7, 2018

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 15764