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Steeped in history, the Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and is just a minute’s walk from the famous Royal Mile and the National Museum of Scotland. A vibrant and historic area, here visitors can soak up the medieval atmosphere while marvelling at one of the most iconic views in the city, the mighty Edinburgh Castle.

A stroll over the George IV Bridge leads to the Greyfriars Bobby statue and through some of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous streets, including Candlemaker Row, Victoria Street, and West Port.

The Grassmarket was traditionally a meeting point for market traders and cattle drovers, with temporary lodgings and taverns all around. It was also once a place of public execution, and a memorial near the site once occupied by the gibbet was created in 1937 to commemorate more than 100 people who died on the gallows in a period known as The Killing Time.

Nowadays, the old market area is surrounded by pubs, clubs, shops, and two large hotels. Most buildings in the area are Victorian, with several modern buildings on the area’s south side.

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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
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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
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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$12.28
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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 to 1 hour 15 minutes
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$24.55
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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
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$23.32
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Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

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Truly unique tour of Edinburgh city with your guide offering the best view of the capital from the comfort of a Mercedes V Class.
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  • 4 hours
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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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If you prefer some independence to being driven around on a tour bus, create your own itinerary and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. You can board and disembark the bus anywhere you like along the route for the duration of your 24- or 48-hour ticket is valid. Your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes: the Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
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Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

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We offer ½ day, full-day, and multi-day tours depending on the time and the budget that you have. All tours are exclusive to you and your party (1-7 passengers) in our exclusive Mercedes Bens V-Class AMG model executive vehicles, which come with the following as standard – Client controlled air-con/Wi-Fi/on-board refreshments/AC charging facilities for mobile devices and cameras. Contact us and we will work with you so we can include the things you really want to see, spending more time at the places you want to spend time at, and leaving the things and places you don’t get to see for the next time you visit us.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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$331.32
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Learn about Edinburgh past and present on a private walking tour with an insider guide, who shares information about the city’s royal history and colorful characters, some of whom have inspired books and well-known stories. Get tips on where to eat and drink around the city, and see sights on and off the Royal Mile and near Greyfriars Kirk. You’ll enjoy one-on-one attention from a private guide on this tour that caters to couples, families and small groups looking for a more personal experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Led by your professional Blue Badge guide, explore the historic streets of Edinburgh and take in the atmosphere that keeps tourists visiting the city year after year. View Edinburgh Castle and walk the Royal Mile to where Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament now sits. Spy hidden closes and courtyard parks, and learn about the vivid history of this vibrant city.
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  • 4 hours
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$238.56
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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
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$199.07
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour

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See both the highlights and hidden gems of Edinburgh on a private tour that reveals Scotland’s capital through the eyes of a local. Designed with first-time visitors in mind, this private tour promises the undivided attention of your guide and gives you the chance to compile tailored recommendations to last the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
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Explore Edinburgh Private Tour

Explore Edinburgh Private Tour

This is a Private Tour and can customize or personalize. We provide this Journey to most popular place, Historical side and scenic in our fascinating city of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure all over the Edinburgh City, also you can make your own tour location and flexible time. Tour will be our traditional taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle, free complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location, including Air-port transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh
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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
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Edinburgh City Tour
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Edinburgh City Tour

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Edinburgh, the Capital city of Scotland & United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination attraction, over 2.1 million visitors in 2018. We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure all over the Edinburgh City, also you can make your own tour location and flexible time all over the day. Tour will be our traditional black taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle,free Wi-Fi on broad & complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location,including Air-port transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

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Step into a world of the macabre on this walking tour of Edinburgh’s spookiest districts. Hear tales of the unfortunate people who lived and died here and who continue to haunt the buildings and streets. Learn about the witch trials and the ghouls who live in the castle. Listen as your engaging guide tells you about the darkest secrets of Scotland, and follow them to the eeriest places…if you dare.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small, private group, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides archive imagery of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Private 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

Private 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

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Make sure you see all the spots you wanted to in Edinburgh on this 2-hour private tour led by a private guide. Zoom past popular areas in a Mini Cooper, such as Calton Hill, Grassmarket, Dean Village, and Arthur's Seat. Plus, see one of Scotland’s oldest pubs and Edinburgh's secret garden.
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Feast your senses on the diverse cuisine of Edinburgh during a private food tour that allows you to tailor your itinerary according to personal tastes. As well as receiving undivided attention from a private guide, you’ll discover eateries and restaurants that you may otherwise have missed, and collect food recommendations for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
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History Lovers Old Town Walking Tour

History Lovers Old Town Walking Tour

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MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE - 12 PEOPLE. Learn all about Edinburgh's most historic quarter in a personal small group setting with an expert local guide. Most group tours of the Old town have up to 30 people, but not ours! On this intimate 2 hour Walking Tour, you’ll find out how Edinburgh has evolved and developed over the past 2000 years. What were the major events that shaped it's development and who were the famous/infamous characters behind these events? We answer these questions and many more! You'll see all of Edinburgh's most important landmarks, and some lesser known Old Town locations as well. This tour is perfect for the discerning traveller who wants the real history of the Old town.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.10
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Edinburgh Witches and History Walking Tour

Edinburgh Witches and History Walking Tour

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Through the art of storytelling, let your professional guide take you through some of Edinburgh’s spookiest closes and strangest places. Learn about the history of the Old Town, and see Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard as you hear tales about their inhabitants. Explore Edinburgh in a totally different way, avoiding the crowds and seeing another, darker, more mysterious side to the city.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
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$14.73
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Edinburgh: The People's Story - Private Walking Tour
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Edinburgh: The People's Story - Private Walking Tour

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From volcanoes, to markets and festivals to executions - Edinburgh has seen it all. What better way to explore this iconic city than through the tales and experiences of those who have lived here through the ages. Immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s past, present and future on this 1.5 hour walking tour. Your dedicated local guide will bring to life the stories of famous and lesser known people of Edinburgh’s past and present, their experiences and how key events have shaped the city into the vibrant and lively place you see today. From warriors to candlemakers, kings to clergy, the city of Edinburgh has long been home to an eclectic range of individuals, varying in their status, wealth and position in society. Edinburgh: The People’s Story will guide you through the stories of a diverse range of people. Discover Edinburgh through stories, sites and sounds with your local, expert guide!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private one hour Harry Potter walking tour

Private one hour Harry Potter walking tour

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Join us on a private tour through Edinburgh's historic Old Town. We will explore where J. K. Rowling gained her inspiration for her global phenomenon of Harry Potter. We will begin on the famous Royal Mile and in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. Next we will wander down Edinburgh's "Diagon Alley" and then head into a real graveyard to see the grave "he who must not be named". We will also learn about the cafe's where she sat and wrote the beginning of the book and where she finished in the realms of luxury. Having gained a degree in Tourism Management in Edinburgh and having extensively worked in the Scottish tourism industry I feel I have the passion to show you around. I specialised my final year Thesis paper on the phenomenon that is Harry Potter and how it relates to Scottish tourism. All tours are small group sizes. No more than 10 people per group.
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  • 1 hour
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