Edinburgh Castle: Guided Walking Tour with Entry Ticket

Overview

 

Embark on a guided walking tour of the storied Edinburgh Castle, once home to Mary Queen of Scots. Marvel at the imposing castle perched atop the long-dormant Castle Rock volcano, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline. As you stroll along the castle promenade with your guide, discover its origins and turbulent history enduring countless sieges. See the site of the world-famous Royal Military Tattoo performances. Venture inside to admire the lavish 16th-century Great Hall, backdrop for royal banquets and revelry, and learn the bloody tales of kings and queens inhabiting the castle through the years on an intriguing exploration steeped in history and intrigue.

Highlights

 

Delve into Scottish history with admission to the pivotal Edinburgh Castle. Tour one of Scotland’s most significant fortification strongholds with a ticket granting access to the formidable site. Walk amid the epic architecture while a guide regales you with Edinburgh Castle glory and downfalls across the eras, highlighted by the stately Great Hall still standing from medieval times. This is a chance to immerse in the battles and triumphs that shaped Scotland by encountering the real places they transpired.

  • Entry to the popular attraction, Edinburgh castle
  • Snap pictures of the panoramic city views from the top of the Castle Rock
  • Uncover almost 3000 years of history with figures like King James VI
  • Marvel at the features of Edinburgh castle’s Great Hall and a Royal Palace
  • Admire views of the UNESCO World Heritage Edinburgh Old Town

Included/Excluded

  • Entrance ticket
  • Guide
  • Transportation

Tour Plan

What to expect

Marvel at the splendor of the Great Hall and former Royal Palace as you wander through Edinburgh Castle. Following your guided tour, ample time remains to independently explore the array of structures within the fortress grounds before its closing. Absorb the history enveloping this site while taking in places like the ornate Great Hall and residences once home to Scottish royalty at your own pace.

Meeting point

Meet in front of the entrance to Advocates Close, opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral. Look for the black umbrella with the Scotland City Tours' yellow logo.

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Additional information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Backpacks
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • The roof is not accessible in poor weather conditions
  • On this tour you will be guided around Edinburgh castle, with specific stops assigned by the castle authorities
  • After the tour, you will have plenty of time to explore the castle and visit every building (Museums, Royal Palace, prisons, and much more). We can not access those buildings during the tour, but the tour will still be carried out within the castle grounds.
  • Backpack up to 30L are allowed.
  • The castle is a military base, so no tourist company can start on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Cancelation policy

Free cancellation 

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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