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Edinburgh Old Town Tours

The historic heart of Edinburgh, UNESCO-listed Old Town, is home to the city’s most visited sights. Its central artery is the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and is lined with top attractions including St. Giles Cathedral, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and the Scottish Parliament Building.

The Basics
Most every visitor who sets foot in the city of Edinburgh will spend some time in Edinburgh Old Town, as it’s where many of the must-see landmarks and historic sites are located. Walking tours of the city typically begin on the Royal Mile and cover a wide array of themes, from history, mysteries, and photography to ghosts, Sherlock Holmes, and Harry Potter. Other sightseeing tours of Scotland’s capital, including tours by car, rail, and bus, also stop at Old Town attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Canongate Kirk. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Edinburgh Old Town is a must-visit for all first-time visitors, especially culture lovers, sightseers, architecture aficionados, and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as most of Old Town’s streets are cobbled.
  • Though steep streets, steps, and uneven surfaces are common, smooth sidewalks and curb cuts—including those on the Royal Mile—and accessible black cabs make large parts of Edinburgh Old Town navigable for wheelchair users and strollers. 

How to Get There
Getting to Old Town is simple: take the train to Edinburgh Waverley. From Edinburgh Airport, the Airlink 100 carries passengers to Waverley Bridge, which connects the Old Town and New Town. 

When to Get There
The best time to visit Edinburgh Old Town is in summer (June through August), when the Edinburgh Festival, Fringe Festival, and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo take place. Summer evenings are buzziest, as bars fill and people pour onto the streets. If you’d prefer smaller crowds and don’t mind bundling up for the cold, go in winter instead.

The Closes and Wynds of Edinburgh Old Town
Visitors strolling down the Royal Mile can’t fail to notice the narrow alleys, known as closes, and side streets, known as wynds, leading off from the main thoroughfare. The darkened cobbled closes typically lead to private courtyards and would once have had gates, allowing access only for those with keys. Look out for Brodie’s Close, named after William Deacon Brodie, a respected 18th-century craftsman and notorious thief. Mary King’s Close, situated under the Royal Mile, is now a popular visitor attraction.

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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour, Edinburgh, null
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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour

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This 2-hour guided tour of Edinburgh will reveal to you not just some of the streets of Scotland’s historic Old Town today; it will let you discover what they ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour, Edinburgh, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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When your cruise ship arrives in Edinburgh, get to know Scotland’s capital on this full-day shore excursion. Board a comfortable coach and enjoy a panoramic ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.08
Edinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Ports of Call Tours
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Edinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour

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Take a 2-hour guided Harry Potter walking tour for a magical journey through all things wizarding in Edinburgh. See where JK Rowling was inspired to create her ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.13
Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Movie & TV Tours
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Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

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Malt Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Walking Tours
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Malt Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh

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Guests sample 4 Scotch malt whiskies over the course of one hour and a half. A tutor presents the whiskies, talks about the whisky making process, the history ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.16
Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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There are ghoulish goings-on in the ancient city of Edinburgh on this spine-tingling 1.5-hour tour, and the city’s spirits seem more restless than ever! Head ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

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Edinburgh Super Saver: Royal Edinburgh History Experience and Ghostly Underground Vaults History ... 
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Edinburgh Super Saver: Royal Edinburgh History Experience and Ghostly Underground Vaults History Tour

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Maximize your time in Scotland's capital with an Edinburgh Super Saver - a combination of two tours at a discounted price. First, follow in the footsteps of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.40
Terror Walking Tour in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Super Savers
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Terror Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Join if you dare! This tour is strictly for over 18's only. Journey into our network of haunted underground vaults below the South Bridge, you shall visit ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.47
Ghost and Torture Tour in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Walking Tours
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Ghost and Torture Tour in Edinburgh

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Join your costumed guide on a journey into Edinburgh’s grisly past. As you walk through the wynds and closes of Edinburgh's Old Town hear tales of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.47
Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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See Edinburgh like a local on a small-group walking and photography tour with a professional photographer. You will learn how to use your camera, whether it's ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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