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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
$17.31 per adult
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Great tour!
It was a great tour. Our guide John was funny. The tour does include a lot of talk about history of the city. So, make sure you like listening to history and you will love this one!
Jaya_I, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Amazing tour of Edinburgh
NARELLE_C, Aug 2022
Edinburgh City Walking Tour, Discover Old Town, Royal Mile with a Local Expert!
Rishi is an amazing guide. He was so knowledgeable. This was an excellent tour and we highly recommend it.
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Old Town Tour
Greg_W, Aug 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
John was great, spoke loudly and clear! A lovely introduction to the "Old Town". Good information and entertaining.
star-5
Excellent background to the city
Anne_O, Aug 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
John was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours that we toured the old town.
star-5
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.
star-5
Interesting and entertaining take on history
anijaye503, Jul 2022
Edinburgh - Old Town Stories
Edgar was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He certainly knew how to bring history alive!! It helped that it was a very small group, so we were able to engage and participate fully.
star-5
Interesting and entertaining
Suzie_C, Jul 2022
History Lovers Old Town Walking Tour
The tour tool us to many impressive places. Kat was super informative but also really entertaining. A good way to see edinburgh!
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Must Do Tour of Edinburgh
Tina_S, Jul 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Angus is an exceptional storyteller and does such an amazing job of sharing some of the amazing history of the beautiful old Town of Edinburgh. I absolutely recommend this tour.
star-5
Awesome experience
karin_s, Jul 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
It was a fun interesting experience Angus was really informative He made the Edinburgh old town come to life
star-5
Excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide
Janet_T, Jul 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Whole of tour excellent. Intelligent and witty guide. Tour covered a wide area. Tour guide happy to give recommendations when asked.
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Highly recommended
Alina_O, Jul 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
One of the best tours ever. O found out lots of information about so many Edinburgh related topics. Isabela was very funny and knowledgeable.
star-5
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!
star-5
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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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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