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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.63
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.93
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.52
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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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$52.32
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.87
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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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$21.21
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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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$14.14
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$708.49
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.16
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide

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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$16.97
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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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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Edinburgh

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Edinburgh

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We are Edinburgers who are wildly passionate about all the delicious food found around our world-famous and historical city. By booking on our Edinburgh tour, you will have the opportunity to experience our passion by eating traditional Scottish food (such as authentic Haggis, award winning Lowland Single Malt Whisky), sample tasty Scottish treats, desserts and sample our flavorful cheeses. Enjoy the enriching combination of tea and Scottish scones. Additionally all our tours, there is our Secret Dish, which you can only find out about on the day. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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$146.16
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Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Capture the Scottish capital in a fresh light and discover top landmarks with ease on this 3-hour small-group photography walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide through Edinburgh’s attractive streets and gain insight into the city’s colorful past. Along the way, discover top attractions and hidden gems both on and off the tourist trail, and enjoy framing them through the eye of your camera. Master focal range and light settings to bring out the best in your shots, and sharpen your skills behind the lens.
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  • 3 hours
  • 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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$226.26
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.01
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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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$31.41
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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We love running and we love Edinburgh, bring your trainers and let us show you our wonderful and vibrant city on foot! Hear stories of Edinburgh past and present whilst we tour the capital city at your pace. We will take in all the main city sights and then finish off with a breathtaking climb up Arthur's Seat to see the city from a panoramic view.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.95
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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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Edinburgh Castle Private Self-Guided Audio Tour with Mobile App

Edinburgh Castle Private Self-Guided Audio Tour with Mobile App

The mobile app helps you explore the Edinburgh Castle with a private audio tour (included). The audio tour has clean navigation, filled with exciting stories from professional guides. A castle tour with an in-app audio guide is for the one who wants to listen to mysterious stories from the history of the ancient fortress, meet the famous British and Scotland warriors at the National War Museum, visit such interesting places as dungeons of the castle and crown jewels. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. Enjoy your party only!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.16
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Private exploration game of The Haunted Edinburgh City

Private exploration game of The Haunted Edinburgh City

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Embark on a haunted Edinburgh tour where you will follow clues to discover striking places and local stories. Play the role of a devilish staff on this spine-tingling walking tour, which takes you on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places, including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow. Are you ready for a haunted walk around Edinburgh? Discover Edinburgh’s dark and bloody past, from the Great Scottish Witch Hunts to the Burke and Hare murders and learn about the haunting stories of the Wizard of West Bow, the Grey Lady, George Mackenzie and more. Explore the many sites where public executions were held and visit the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.05
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.78
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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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$535.94
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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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$385.34
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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 97 Edinburgh Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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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 97 Edinburgh Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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