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Edinburgh Castle—with its fortress walls, cobbled promenades, and winding stone steps—has loomed over Scotland’s capital city for more than 1,000 years. Steeped in history, the former royal residence is now a museum, featuring detailed exhibits; period artifacts, such as the Scottish Crown Jewels; and dark dungeons that illuminate the castle’s storied past.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.39
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.63
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.77
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.12
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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Comedy club meets history class on this walking tour with a professional comedian. Explore Old Town Edinburgh’s highlights and ask anything you want to know about Scotland. Your guide is a local, professional, stand-up comedian guaranteed to make you laugh yourself silly!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.59
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$26.59
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3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

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Scotland is renowned for its unique cuisine, but Edinburgh’s foodie hotspots are best explored with a local guide. On this small-group walking tour, discover the UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, and sample Scottish classics such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scotch whisky, and afternoon tea.
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  • 3 hours
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$144.62
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Potter About Edinburgh - with quizzes

Potter About Edinburgh - with quizzes

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Experience the magic of the world’s most famous wizard on a 2-hour Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh, perfect for families with kids. Alongside your Potter-mad guide, you’ll explore the winding streets and mysterious alleys that inspired J. K. Rowling to create the iconic wizarding world, and see filming locations featured in the movies. Plus, tick off top Edinburgh attractions such as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Princes Street.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.99
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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We’ve got the best seats in town! This tour is the number one way to explore Scotland’s Capital. Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our city tour, including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile (or as we locals call it, The High Street!), Dynamic Earth, The National Museum, Greyfriars’s Bobby, Grassmarket and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 28 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$13.99
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Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

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Maximize time spent in Edinburgh with this full-day private driving tour in a luxury vehicle. With a group of up to seven people, set out to see popular landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, the Royal Mile, and the Scottish Parliament. Learn about history and Scottish culture from your private guide.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$701.04
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide

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Cover all the major must-see sights in Edinburgh and learn all about the ancient city on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Listen as your guide shares fascinating historical facts, myths and legends about the Scottish capital. • Wander along the Royal Mile, the atmospheric main thoroughfare of the well-preserved Edinburgh Old Town • See the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle, trek to the Mound and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard • Listen to your guide talking about historical facts about Edinburgh
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.79
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh half-day Walking Tours with Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

Edinburgh half-day Walking Tours with Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

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Visiting an unfamiliar city without knowing anyone there usually means relying on travel guides. Get a more personal experience in Edinburgh by spending time with a local Edinburgher who customizes your private, bespoke tour to your own interests. Go off the beaten path and discover locals' favorite spots.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.46
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Edinburgh Castle to Arthur's Seat Tour with a Local: Private & 100% Personalized

Edinburgh Castle to Arthur's Seat Tour with a Local: Private & 100% Personalized

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Kickstart your stay in Scotland’s capital city on a private and personalized tour that provides a great introduction to Edinburgh for first-time visitors. Rather than following a set schedule, you’ll collaborate with your guide to create an itinerary that’s suited to your interests. Plus, you can choose to explore on foot or by vehicle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.10
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh

Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh

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Enjoy the perfect introduction to Edinburgh and its top attractions on this flexible, private tour. Pick between multiple daily departure times, and meet your guide in the city center. Then, set off on foot. You’ll visit numerous city highlights, from St. Giles' Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle to the Greyfriars Kirkyard and National Museum of Scotland. As you go, learn insider stories about the city, plus tips about where to eat and drink.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.14
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.52
$226.91
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

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We’ve got the best seats in town! This tour is the number one way to explore Scotland’s Capital and your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes we operate - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour! Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our city tour, including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Dynamic Earth, The National Museum, Greyfriars’s Bobby, Holyrood Palace, The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Botanic Garden and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 48 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.39
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Harry Potter’s Edinburgh: Explore the magic of the city on an audio walking tour

Harry Potter’s Edinburgh: Explore the magic of the city on an audio walking tour

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Come with me Muggles on a self-guided audio tour and explore the Edinburgh that inspired J.K. Rowling’s global phenomenon! We'll explore the secret alleyways of the Old Town, starting at Edinburgh Castle, then we'll wander down to “Diagon Alley” and find the gravestones of Voldemort and some other well-known characters from the Harry Potter series. We'll spot “Hogwarts School of Wizardry” along the way too, and if you like, you can stop in at the famous and not-so-famous cafes where J.K. Rowling wrote before Harry Potter became a best-seller. Our journey will include: • A fantastic view of the Edinburgh Castle from the esplanade in front of it • The Royal Mile, Old Town’s most famous street • The Writer’s Museum, a literature fan’s heaven • Victoria Street, one of Scotland's most photographed streets • The Grassmarket where you’ll hear a story of one very lucky lady from the 1700s. • Greyfriar’s Graveyard
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour
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$5.99
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Edinburgh Audio Tour: Discover its History and Secrets

Edinburgh Audio Tour: Discover its History and Secrets

Love podcast? You'll love our immersive podcast tour of Edinburgh! Join our Scottish guide Niall and culture-buff Claudia as they take you through the winding, hilly streets of the glorious and ancient city of Edinburgh. On the walk, we will introduce you to the history, culture and quirkier stories of the city, as we pause along to explore the delightful galleries, pubs, and cafes. Download the app and your Edinburgh tour to explore the city independently and safely!
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.78
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

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Edinburgh is at its busiest during the Royal Military Tattoo but you can get away from the crowds on this private guided tour. Traveling in minibus in the company of just your party and a guide, explore the city streets from the medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town before heading out of town to Rosslyn Chapel. Enjoy a 4-course dinner back in the city before taking your reserved seats for the spectacle that is the Military Tattoo, an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, and dance.
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  • 12 hours
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$530.31
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of planning on a private tour with door-to-door chauffeur service, bottled water, and complimentary wifi. Your drive and guide tailors the day’s itinerary according to your needs and interests, with potential stops ranging from Edinburgh Castle to Charlotte Square. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, this private experience ensures your guide’s full attention and a customized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$381.29
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Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

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Savor your time in port with a shore excursion around Scotland's capital city and visit to 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Travel via VIP minibus through Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, filled with cobbled alleyways that are bursting with legends and stories. Learn about the city's intriguing history while journeying past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, touring the Royal Mile and exploring its Georgian-style New Town. Then pay a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, which played a key role in the 2003 novel 'The Da Vinci Code' and the 2006 film of the same name.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$781.12
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour

The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour

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Discover the historical sights of Edinburgh the alternative way on a private full-day tour of the Scottish capital in an iconic London taxi. Customize your itinerary according to your interests and allow a courteous driver to transport you to Edinburgh’s top attractions. Gaze at the imposing fortress of Edinburgh Castle on its hilltop perch; discover the poignant story behind the canine statue in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard; and absorb the historical charm of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Gain fascinating insight into the history and heritage of Scotland’s vibrant capital from your professional private guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Edinburgh Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Edinburgh Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 96 Edinburgh Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Edinburgh Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle costs USD 5.99. Guided Edinburgh Castle tours start around USD 5.99 per person. See all 96 Edinburgh Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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