The Historical and Cultural Old Town Walking Tour

Tour Information

Tour Fee
3 hrs
Tour Description
This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of the most historic and best preserved neighbourhoods in the United Kingdom, in the company of an experienced guide with a PhD in Scottish history. Travel through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and courts and discover their stories; these were once the homes of royalty, inventors, poets, philosophers, scientists and bodysnatchers. Your walking tour will include some amazing Edinburgh landmarks such as St Giles Cathedral, two parliament buildings, two historic churchyards (Greyfriars and Canongate), Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Learn how this enchanting old quarter inspired countless writers from Edinburgh natives like Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Walter Scott to Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and J.K. Rowling. Perfect for individuals and groups of all ages interested in Scotland’s fascinating history and culture, but also those trying to get their bearings in a new city. Your guide will make sure you leave with plenty of options as to places to eat and drink as well as further must do attractions, in order to make sure you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
Special Considerations
This tour lasts 3 hours and will normally begin outside St Giles Cathedral, however as long as you are staying in the city centre the guide can meet you at your accommodation if you prefer. Some of the streets on this route have uneven surfaces which can be an issue for those with restricted mobility. Refreshments are not included; however time for lunch or a tea/coffee break can be incorporated into the tour. Scotland’s weather can be unpredictable so please wear sensible clothes and shoes. The price is £50 for a small group of 1-6 people.
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Meeting Address
St Giles' Cathedral, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Edinburgh, SCT, United Kingdom