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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
$17.49 per adult
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Fun intro to Edinburgh
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
YanivKremer, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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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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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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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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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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Alastair was an excellent...
Christopher_W, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Alastair was an excellent guide and gave us a great deal of information on Scottish history. I would recommend his tour of
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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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The best tour we did in Edimburgh
Diego_C, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Roisin was amazing, the tour was just perfect combining history and fun facts about Edinburgh! Roisin is clear and has a nice energy when explaining! she gave us very good recommendations about other tourist spots to visit. We would definitely book another tour with her if we come back. Milda & Diego
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Excellent experience!
Charlotte_B, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Gardez l’eau and what happened at 10 pm. 😂. Seriously. Some great anecdotes, and history of the city brought to life by a knowledgeable guided
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Great. Would do it again
Kathleen_D, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales
Great tour guide. Good sense of humor and huge store of knowledge. Referenced historical information I was interested in
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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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