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Edinburgh Old Town Tours and Activities

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The historic heart of Edinburgh, UNESCO-listed Old Town, is home to the city’s most visited sights. Its central artery is the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and is lined with top attractions including St. Giles Cathedral, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and the Scottish Parliament Building.

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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.81
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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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$27.95
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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
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Fright Night Tour

Fright Night Tour

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Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$22.95
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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

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This walking tour of Edinburgh is a great choice for first-time visitors who want to get their bearings of the city and learn more about its history. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll be able to stop looking at a map and focus on enjoying the sites around you. Your guide will teach you about secret places locals love, as well as the Old Town’s most famous sites. Highlights include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Food & Drink Private Tour
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Edinburgh Food & Drink Private Tour

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Get a taste of Edinburgh on this guided tasting tour. Try locally sourced dishes and drinks beyond the Royal Mile. Along the way, learn about the history of the area. Plus get recommendations on places such as bars, restaurants, museums, and galleries to go following the tour. Listen with an audio headset so you can walk at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.65
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.02
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh with Private Option
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh with Private Option

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Ideal for those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour of Edinburgh’s underground vaults is sure to make your spine tingle. With a ghoulish guide, descend into the darkened depths of the Blair Street Vaults and hear vivid retellings of torture, murder, and body snatching. Abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and prepare to experience the sinister side of Edinburgh on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour

Edinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour

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This 'Harry Potter' walking tour gets fans closer to spots in Edinburgh that inspired J.K Rowling’s famous books. Walk past key sites that inspired places such as Diagon Alley, and even see the cafes and hotels where the writer wrote her book series. Your guide knows the quickest ways to get around the city on foot to fit more into your time, as well as fun facts about Harry Potter.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh - Dark History

Edinburgh - Dark History

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Ah, Edinburgh! They don't call it "The Jekyll & Hyde City" for nothing. During the day, a respectable figure, with its astonishing architecture and wondrous history. But when the sun sets, it tells an entirely different story... Hear all about the darker history of Edinburgh: murderers, thieves, cannibals, hangings and decapitations, witches, the Plague and streams of human waste. Learn about the most notorious citizens of Edinburgh and how ghost stories are born. We don't need costumes or people jumping from behind the corners: Edinburgh's Dark History itself is enough to make your skin crawl. And oh, how we love to share it with our visitors... *Due to the current global health concerns, we are limiting our tour sizes to 15 people, to ensure our visitors are kept safe and we comply with Government guidance. Please message us directly if you have larger group travelling together.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Ghost Tour incl. Underground Vaults & free drink in Megget's Cellar
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Small Group Ghost Tour incl. Underground Vaults & free drink in Megget's Cellar

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Edinburgh is notoriously one of the most haunted places in the UK, making it a prime destination for ghost-hunters. Dare to discover the city’s dark side on this evening tour and visit the eerie Blair Street Underground Vaults, follow in the footsteps of the infamous Edinburgh Mob, then settle your nerves with a dram of Scotch whisky in Megget's Cellar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Food & Drink tour
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Edinburgh Food & Drink tour

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The Edinburgh food and drink tour explores both the medieval Old Town of Scotland’s capital and its elegant Georgian New Town. There are five food stops en route, three of them with a drink tasting. All of the stops have been carefully chosen not only to highlight Scotland’s iconic food and drink but also because the venues are much loved by local residents. This food tour takes you off the tourist trail. As well as delving deep into Scotland’s natural larder, the Old & New Town food tour illustrates Edinburgh’s past and present; its history and the day-to-day reality of 21st century living in such a historical city. Guests will be given audio headsets to listen live to the guide as you walk at your own pace or stop to take photos. Tour size is limited to 8 people so you all get a chance to get to know each other on the tour. The Edinburgh Old & New Town food tour takes place Monday to Saturday at 1pm & Monday to Thursday at 5pm. Private tours, are available at other times.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Edinburgh Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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Discover the secrets of Edinburgh as a local host accompanies you during this private, personalized experience. Learn about a more authentic side to the city that many travelers won’t see, visiting both popular attractions and hidden spots over the course of a day. The schedule is flexible, so make your own sightseeing suggestions or take advantage of your host’s insider insight and recommendations.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.57
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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
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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Edinburgh Food Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized & Private

Edinburgh Food Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized & Private

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Taste your way through Edinburgh on a private food and walking tour that can be fully customized to your preferences. In addition to navigating, your guide brings you to joints loved by locals and hidden gems often missed by visitors, from pubs to bakeries. The tour includes over 6 food tastings, which may include smoked Scottish salmon, haggis, neeps and tatties, and Scotch pies.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option

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Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Terror Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Terror Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Experience spine-tingling thrills and supernatural chills on this 1.5-hour adults-only terror walking tour in Edinburgh. Take a journey along the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town with a guide and delve deep into the city’s dark past. When darkness has descended on the city, explore hidden underground vaults once used to hold criminals of deepest guilt — and others — and take in top city landmarks including St Giles’ Cathedral by night. Hear of the notorious Tolbooth Prison and the troubled souls it held, and enter the terrifying torture museum.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.47
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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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Edinburgh Old Town 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 72 Edinburgh Old Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Edinburgh Old Town costs USD 14.15. Guided Edinburgh Old Town tours start around USD 14.15 per person. See all 72 Edinburgh Old Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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