Edinburgh Castle is the most famous and most visited monument in Scotland; unmissable for any visitor to the capital. Learn about the secrets hidden behind its walls on this tour!
The tour meets on the Royal Mile, just outside St. Giles' Cathedral, from which we'll walk to Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of an extinct volcano. As you can imagine, the views of the city center from this point are incredible!
After telling all about the castle, and handing out your tickets, we'll start exploring its main buildings, the 3 museums of the citadel, and the war prisons.
Climbing to the top of the castle, we'll see the oldest building in Edinburgh, St. Margaret's Chapel, dating all the way back to the year 1130. Then, in Crown Square, the castle's main courtyard, we can see the Great Hall and its spectacular collection of arms and armor, the Scottish National War Memorial as well as the Royal Palace. Fun fact: James Stuart, son of Mary Stuart, was born in one of these royal rooms!
In the palace, you can also see the vault holding the Scottish crown jewels, called the Honours of Scotland, as well as the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were crowned during the Middle Ages.
After an hour and a half, we'll conclude this fascinating guided tour in the vicinity of the castle.
Ticket to Edinburgh Castle
If at the time of booking, you choose the tour without tickets, you'll have to purchase it on your own. Please make sure that the ticket is valid for the same time and day that you've booked the guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. We recommend buying your ticket well in advance, especially in high season.
Edinburgh Castle is a citadel made up of more than 20 buildings. The guided tour will take place inside the citadel, but the guide will tell you about each of these buildings while standing in front of them. Meaning, you will not go inside the buildings with the guide. At the end of the tour, you'll be able to visit the buildings or monuments of Edinburgh Castle that've caught your attention on your own.
1 hour 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
Ticket to Edinburgh Castle (depending on selection)
When to book?
You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.
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Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. An accompanying person is required.
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- Printed material is avoided.
- The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.
- No single-use plastics are used.
- No printing of documentation required.
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- Has a gender equality policy.
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Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
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Where does the activity end?
351 High Street
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