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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get an in-depth perspective on Edinburgh on this guided tour that goes deeper than most. Usually led by a guide with a PhD in Scottish history, this tour offers a journey through Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town from the main thoroughfares to the hidden closes (alleyways) and courtyards. Your guide shares tales of dramatic events in the neighborhood's history, as well as those of the writers, philosophers, and inventors who called the area home.
  • Led by either the holder of a PhD in Scottish history or a guide with decades of experience
  • Relaxed pace: Take the opportunity to ask questions
  • Offers an insight into Scottish history glossed over by many tours
  • Includes visits to Canongate Kirkyard and the underground vaults
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90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide.
Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.
Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.
Access to our exclusive section of underground.
For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!
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Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Departure Time

2:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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228 Reviews

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star-4
Historical Walking Tour
Fiona_P
, Dec 2021
Great walk. Hazel an encyclopedia of information about the old city and its characters. 1hr 30 mins well spent.
star-5
Easy history
Nicole_R
, Nov 2021
Alastair was a great tour guide, knew his stuff and threw in some humour too. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Agnes was a superb tour...
Rachel_M
, Nov 2021
Agnes was a superb tour guide. We learnt so much about old Edinburgh. Very entertaining and knowledgeable
star-5
Very interesting tour
Sandra_P
, Oct 2021
The vaults were very interesting, hard to imagine people had to live down there especially when it was always wet and damp. Hazel was very knowledgeable and interesting
star-5
Learning new things!
Jeri_D
, Oct 2021
The undergound portion of the tour was great, and I enjoyed the stories of the tunnels and vaults. But if you like history, the tour of Old town is amazing. Our guide, Alastair was so knowledgeable and yet entertaining that even in the rain I wanted the tour to continue. He tied in enough local folk lore with fact to keep a smile on your face while keeping your brain fully engaged. Best tour of our trip!
star-3
The trip was ok but...
Robert_P
, Oct 2021
The trip was ok but didn’t show us the more interesting parts of the city. The guide tried but it became quite a drag and we left early.
star-5
Fabulous historical tour
Karen_M
, Oct 2021
The vaults and closes were amazing and hazel brought it all to life she was great. She had fantastic knowledge and we enjoyed the story of the history of Edinburgh
star-5
Great tour with passionate tour guide!
Kelly_W
, Oct 2021
Hazel was a great tour guide. Very friendly and passionate. She brought her stores to life. The tour was very informative and didn’t feel rushed which was great. Would highly recommend.
star-4
Interesting views ‘behind...
Christine_C
, Sep 2021
Interesting views ‘behind the scenes’ of the Royal Mile and in the vaults with a friendly and informative guide. However the group was too large with 20+ being allowed to book on the tour.
star-5
We enjoyed the very...
Christine_S
, Sep 2021
We enjoyed the very informative and entertaining tour very much. Many thanks to the fabulous tour guide Alistair!

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