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Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

2. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket. Pick from a ticket that lasts for 24 or 48 hours. Explore the city with stop options like Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Hop aboard and embark on your city adventure. Contrast the Old and New Towns, see the royal attractions of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia (entrances not included). Live guides provide English commentary on the Edinburgh Tour, while audio guides are available in up to 9 languages on the City Sightseeing Tour and the Majestic Tour. Hop on and off as often as you like at dozens of attractions, and enjoy unique, scenic views from the open-top upper decks. City Sightseeing Tour: Hear about the people and events that shaped Edinburgh, from the cramped conditions of the Old Town to spacious Holyrood Park, on a classic sightseeing tour in 9 languages. Enjoy Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories with the on board Horrible Histories Children’s Channel - history with all the gory bits left in! • Hanover Street • Princes Street Gardens • St. John’s Church • Grassmarket • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Museum of Childhood • Scottish Parliament • Our Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument Edinburgh Tour: Enjoy the best views aboard an open-top bus, as live commentary in English brings Edinburgh’s history to life. Explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, hopping off at 9 strategic stops. • Hanover Street • George Street • Charlotte Square • The Mound • Lawnmarket • Grassmarket • Our Dynamic Earth • Scottish Parliament • Canongate Kirk Majestic Tour: Leave the city center and head to the coast at Newhaven, with stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia. This multi-language tour offers commentary through headphones in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Return via the Palace of Holyrood House and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile. • Hanover Street • George Street • Royal Botanic Gardens • Ferry Road • Newhaven Harbour • Cruise Terminal • Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britannia) • Leith Mills • Elm Row • Queen Mary’s Bath House • Queensberry House • Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

3. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles on your smartphone as you explore some of the main tourist sights in Edinburg on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in one. Join with friends or family and learn about the city as you go. To get started, simply download the tour app (instructions received via email after booking) and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: Guided Tour in French

4. Edinburgh: Guided Tour in French

Come and explore the secrets of Edinburgh with a French tour guide on a unique guided tour mixing the Old Town and the New Town! This historical tour will give you a great overview of this city listed Unesco World Heritage Site while discovering its secrets. Soak in the Scottish atmosphere, culture, and traditions in this fantastic introductory guided tour to the Scottish Capital Your guide will take you through the typical narrow streets of the Old Town called Proches and then you will go on the large elegant streets of the Neoclassical New Town. Pass by must see monuments such as St Giles Cathedral and the Scott Monument. Your guide will talk about the various architectural styles of the city, the iconic characters of Scotland and the many Franco-Scottish connections and many more topics.

Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

5. Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

Edinburgh The train from London's King Cross Station arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30am. Right by the station you board the open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's-eye view of this majestic city! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. You will see the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. You might want to wander through the cobbled city centre streets or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous! Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 10:30pm.

Edinburgh: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

6. Edinburgh: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

Make the most of your time in Edinburgh with a smartphone tour. Take advantage of the unique navigation function which suggests plenty of walking routes to explore. Tune into the audio commentary to hear about tourist hotspots. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city, as you approach iconic landmarks. View the imposing Edinburgh Castle perched on Castle Rock. Admire the palace where the Queen spends a week every summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarchy. Head to the Scott Monument, a Victorian Gothic monument dedicated to the author Sir Walter Scott.  Have the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you wish. Pinpoint your favorite sights and source the best photo hotspots.

Edinburgh: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

7. Edinburgh: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends (not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Edinburgh? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Edinbrugh in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill(where the tour ends), a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Edinburgh: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Edinburgh: Private Guided Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage on a small and intimate walking tour. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, including Edinburgh Castle. Walk along the Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, and visit several of Edinburgh's famous landmarks.  Your tour guide has extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's history and architecture and the many famous people that have called the city home over the centuries. On the 3-hour tour the guide will tell you about the Scottish capital in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Typically you’ll see Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, George Street, Charlotte Square, and other important sites.

Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this walking tour of Edinburg. Discover the city through his experiences. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories from the Surgeon's Hall. Walk through New Town to the author's birthplace. Along the way, find out about the fascinating connections between Edinburgh and the world of Sherlock Holmes.

Private tour: Romanticism & Georgian Era in New Town

10. Private tour: Romanticism & Georgian Era in New Town

Why do we call Edinburgh the Athens of the North? What led the city to plan and build a brand new district that is today the best preserved and the largest example of Georgian architecture in the world? Discover the Age of the Enlightenment and learn about the world-renowned scientists and authors who were born in or visited Edinburgh. Discover the lovely Dean Village and enjoy the breath-taking views of the city from Calton Hill for this 2h private guided tour.

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,278 reviews

The three hour walk that we did with Alison was such a wonderful experience. Alison is a historian and she does her talks and tells stories from the past in a very interesting, informative way with an artistic flare. It is as though she was there during that period and giving you first hand knowledge of what is was like. Mind you the time periods that she covers are over thousands if not millions of years because she even told us about the ice age influence. I now how a much better understanding of Scottish history and my recommendation to anyone whether you have only one day or a week in Edinburgh, you must take this walk. On our trip we did several walking tours in other British and Irish cities and this one was the best. We covered a long distance, however the pace was so slow and easy we didn’t even notice.

Stuart was informative, amusing and over the course of the 3 hours linked all the elements of information to give a good understanding of history and political change. Ran it smoothly and firmly and got all us "chaps" in order so that we all saw the fine detail, and kept things moving at a relaxed pace that suited all of us. Stuart engaged with each of us, with quiet humour. A really enjoyable afternoon, and we three would all highly recommend him. We had to change our day of tour due to travel delays. This was done pleasantly and efficiently by phone. It was great to have the phone contact number as well as the website. Thank you, Stuart from the Kiwi and Irish contingent.

Can highly recommend getting this tour as you will see so much of the city and get to hear all about it. We especially liked the Edinburgh Tours operator as they had a live guide, Scott, who told the best stories in the most spectacular way!

Deep knowledge of history. Knows how to connect with her walking group. Felt like she could easily become a friend.

Perfect way to see Edinburgh and to get on and off at leisure.