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Edinburgh Old Town

Free admission
Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
$17.22 per adult
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The perfect Edinburgh tour with Allister
Allister, also known as Alli or Ancestor (but not Deborah) was an incredible and hilarious tour guide! He was super personable and connected to each person individually on the tour. He is very knowledgeable about the history of Edinburgh because he has literally lived here his whole life! We would recommend taking a tour with this company and specifically with Allister. This was a 10 put of 10 tour!
Rebecca_L, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Entertaining and Informative Tour
Francine_G, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
My two young-adult daughters and I went on the walking tour with Alastair. He was an amazing tour guide. He was quite apt at succinctly sharing the history of Edinburgh as well as funny, absurd, and amazing stories about this amazing place. He kept both me and my 19 year old daughter interested. He also shared some excellent places to eat and drink in the area. I highly recommend the tour.
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Truly Enjoyable Walk
Heather_J, Apr 2022
Private Walk: Edinburgh Old Town and New Town
The satisfaction with our Private Walk of Edinburgh Old Town and New Town was the result of our outstanding tour guide Gerry. He is extremely knowledgeable of history. But what makes the experience so outstanding is his attitude and enthusiasm. He sought information about our family in order to customize the tour to our interests. Gerry was personable and seemed genuinely interested in making our experience the best it could be.
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Interesting and fun historylesson!
Petter_O, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Alistair was a great guide for the group. Knowledgeable, funny and very interactive and inclusive with a group of members from all around the world. Highly recommended as an introductionto Edinburgh!
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Royal Mile Tour
Russell_B, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
A comprehensive tour around the Royal Mile that provided historical context and lots of interesting tidbits such as the stories behind pub/shop names, possible literary inspirations that can be found within a cemetery and the optical illusions of Edinburgh buildings on the Mile. Sabela was brilliant and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
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Fun intro to Edinburgh
YanivKremer, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
The whole tour was a lot of fun and a rally good experience. It was really good intro to Edinburgh. Angus was very funny and provided loads to learn
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Simply The Best
q2zxdd4f6y, May 2022
Edinburgh - Old Town Stories
Very passionate storyteller. One of the best tours I’ve been on. I would book a tour with him again anytime!
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Relaxing way to see Edinburgh
Jason_H, Apr 2022
Private Walk: Edinburgh Old Town and New Town
This was a great walking tour with a very insightful guide. Gerry is very personable and knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was not rushed and able to see many unique places in Edinburgh. Communications was great from the start and even recommend some place to book dinner reservations during our stay. Highly recommend this tour!
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Fun quick tour, great guide
Elena_B, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Our guide Angus was great! We wanted to do a castle tour with him but he did not have availability. Book in advance.
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Informative, fun, tailored to us!
Kristine_B, Apr 2022
Private Walk: Edinburgh Old Town and New Town
Gerry is a fantastic guide and I only wish we’d had time for a second day of touring with him! He made a perfect route that took us to all the places we wanted to see and shared the history of Edinburgh mixed with some of the fun stuff - Harry Potter inspirations and an Outlander filming spot. Couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Thanks.
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Wonderful Tour!
MARY_T, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Guide Roisan was wonderful. Would highly recommend. Tour was very informative and entertaining. My son and I really enjoyed!
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Fabulous fun tour with Fiona!
Leslie_R, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
My husband and I took the historical tour of Edinburgh on Sunday morning with Fiona and it was fantastic! We learned so much about the history of the old town. Fiona was knowledgeable and funny! If you can take this tour. You won’t regret it!
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Walking Tour - Edinburgh
Heather_S, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Our tour guide Richard gave a fantastic walking tour! His voice had a presence that could be heard by all, he captivated his group the entire time, and he found ways to keep us separate from other groups in the ever so crowded Edinburgh.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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