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Edinburgh Castle—with its fortress walls, cobbled promenades, and winding stone steps—has loomed over Scotland’s capital city for more than 1,000 years. Steeped in history, the former royal residence is now a museum, featuring detailed exhibits; period artifacts, such as the Scottish Crown Jewels; and dark dungeons that illuminate the castle’s storied past.

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Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided

Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided

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Entrance to the castle is included. Scotland’s second-most-popular tourist attraction as you learn about the bloody history including stories of the kings and queens who lived in this castle. There is evidence of a fort here for almost 3000 years, and it has been a royal castle since at least King David I’s reign in the 12th century. The Scottish monarchs continued to use it until 1633, and even saw the birth of King James VI within its walls. Your tour will begin on the esplanade of the castle as you hear your guide talking about the origins of the castle and its sieges. Once inside Edinburgh Castle, the guide will take you through the different parts of the fortress and tell you its fascinating history, including Scotland’s kings and queens. Inside the complex you will find three museums, two prisons, a canine cemetery, the Chapel of Saint Margaret which is the oldest building in the city, the National Monument to the fallen of Scotland, the Great Hall and a Royal Palace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD47.96
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USD47.96

Original Harry Potter Locations Tour - Edinburgh

Original Harry Potter Locations Tour - Edinburgh

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Experience the magic of the world’s most famous wizard on a 2-hour Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh, perfect for families with kids. Alongside your Potter-mad guide, you’ll explore the winding streets and mysterious alleys that inspired J. K. Rowling to create the iconic wizarding world, and see filming locations featured in the movies. Plus, tick off top Edinburgh attractions such as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Princes Street.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD18.45
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD19.68
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD45.50
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD12.30
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Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

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Truly unique tour of Edinburgh city with your guide offering the best view of the capital from the comfort of a Mercedes V Class.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD490.71
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD26.60
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3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

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Scotland is renowned for its unique cuisine, but Edinburgh’s foodie hotspots are best explored with a local guide. On this small-group walking tour, discover the UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, and sample Scottish classics such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scotch whisky, and afternoon tea.
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  • 3 hours
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USD93.47
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Edinburgh Private Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems

Edinburgh Private Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Visiting an unfamiliar city without knowing anyone there usually means relying on travel guides. Get a more personal experience in Edinburgh by spending time with a local Edinburgher who customizes your private, bespoke tour to your own interests. Go off the beaten path and discover locals' favorite spots.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD98.39
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Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

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We offer ½ day, full-day, and multi-day tours depending on the time and the budget that you have. All tours are exclusive to you and your party (1-7 passengers) in our exclusive Mercedes Bens V-Class AMG model executive vehicles, which come with the following as standard – Client controlled air-con/Wi-Fi/on-board refreshments/AC charging facilities for mobile devices and cameras. Contact us and we will work with you so we can include the things you really want to see, spending more time at the places you want to spend time at, and leaving the things and places you don’t get to see for the next time you visit us.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD331.95
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

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If you prefer some independence to being driven around on a tour bus, create your own itinerary and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. You can board and disembark the bus anywhere you like along the route for the duration of your 24- or 48-hour ticket is valid. Your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes: the Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD19.68
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Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Led by your professional Blue Badge guide, explore the historic streets of Edinburgh and take in the atmosphere that keeps tourists visiting the city year after year. View Edinburgh Castle and walk the Royal Mile to where Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament now sits. Spy hidden closes and courtyard parks, and learn about the vivid history of this vibrant city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD239.01
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USD239.01
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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Comedy club meets history class on this walking tour with a professional comedian. Explore Old Town Edinburgh’s highlights and ask anything you want to know about Scotland. Your guide is a local, professional, stand-up comedian guaranteed to make you laugh yourself silly!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD23.37
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD325.91
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Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

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Perfect for those who do not have long to explore the city, but who wish to see the best of the city, this full-day tour visits all of the highlights of both Old Town and New Town. Your private tour skip-the-line tickets to Edinburgh Castle, which will also be privately guided for you. You will also visit other major attractions, including St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland. You will learn about the history of the city, visit Calton Hill, and enjoy lunch in the Grass Market (price not included in the tour). Enjoy all the highlights of Edinburgh in a day!
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  • 7 hours
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USD345.00
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Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized

Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized

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If you're visiting Edinburgh with your family, book a private sightseeing tour specially designed for those with kids. With a private guide, the tour can be tailored to your children's ages and interests to keep everyone entertained. Perhaps check out medieval Old Town, the art galleries of New Town, or something active like climbing Arthur's Seat.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD99.73
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Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

Explore Edinburgh and nearby Rosslyn Chapel on this 9-hour private shore excursion by minivan. See Edinburgh Castle, home to several monarchs and the Scottish crown jewels. Wander down the Royal Mile and around the New Town, experiencing both ancient Edinburgh and the modern cosmopolitan city. Drive past the Scottish Parliament and around Arthur’s Seat before heading out to visit Rosslyn Chapel, built in the mid-15th Century and made famous by the Da Vinci Code.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD731.76
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD199.44
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance

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WIth our entrance ticket to the Edinburgh castle, you can admire the most beautiful and romantic medieval castle in Scotland. It is also an architectural masterpiece because it was built on a big rock. Admire its beauty with us!
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  • 30 minutes
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USD41.52
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of planning on a private tour with door-to-door chauffeur service, bottled water, and complimentary wifi. Your drive and guide tailors the day’s itinerary according to your needs and interests, with potential stops ranging from Edinburgh Castle to Charlotte Square. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, this private experience ensures your guide’s full attention and a customized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD442.74
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The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

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Edinburgh is at its busiest during the Royal Military Tattoo but you can get away from the crowds on this private guided tour. Traveling in minibus in the company of just your party and a guide, explore the city streets from the medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town before heading out of town to Rosslyn Chapel. Enjoy a 4-course dinner back in the city before taking your reserved seats for the spectacle that is the Military Tattoo, an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, and dance.
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  • 12 hours
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USD466.11
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Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

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Discover the best of Edinburgh in a half-day on a walking tour with a private guide and with timed entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle. On your tour, your guide will help you orient yourself in the Old Town, showing you the best spots for iconic pictures, pointing out the highlights, and giving you the best tips and tricks for visiting the highlights. Your guide will also give you the historical context of the ancient city, including taking you on a tour of St Giles Cathedral, which has been at the heart of Christianity in Scotland for more than nine centuries. You’ll see Victoria Street, City Chambers, The Royal Mile, and Calton Hill. Your tour finishes with a 30-minute guided tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide, and then you can continue to explore the castle at your own leisure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD255.00
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Afternoon Tea Experience on a Bus Tour in Edinburgh

Afternoon Tea Experience on a Bus Tour in Edinburgh

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SuperBus Sightseeing is a high-end double-decker bus that explores Scotland’s Capital providing fantastic views. During our trip guests can enjoy our explicit tour of Edinburgh’s old town while indulging in our complimentary, yet delicious, afternoon tea
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD41.81
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What's the best way to experience Edinburgh Castle?
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Should I book Edinburgh Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Edinburgh Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Edinburgh Castle 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle costs USD 41.52. Guided Edinburgh Castle tours start around USD 41.52 per person.