Guided tour

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in English

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in English

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 40.50 per person

Join this engaging English-language guided tour of Edinburgh Castle to discover its incredible 3,000-year history and the significant role it has played in shaping Scotland.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Save time with a speedy skip-the-line entry
  • Visit all of the most important sights in the Castle complex with your expert guide
  • Learn many of the Castle's hidden histories before setting off to explore yourself
  • Enjoy full access to the castle and discover its history on a guided tour
Full description

Begin your tour by the statue of Adam Smith on the Royal Mile. Walk towards Edinburgh Castle as your guide sets the scene, explaining the significance of the Castle and mentioning some of the key characters who have helped shape it.

Once inside, let your guide walk you through the Castle complex. Hear their in-depth knowledge of the Castle's main buildings and attractions, including the Argyle Battery and One O'clock Gun, the Hospital Square and Western Panorama.

See the Castle dungeons and military prison, the Black Banquet and Thomas Randolph's daring castle raid. Encounter St Margret's Chapel, Mons Meg, the Crown Square, and The Honors of Scotland.

After the tour, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore the castle museums (not accessible during the tour).

Includes
  • Entrance ticket
  • Skip-the-line entry into the castle
  • Guided tour in English
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Outside Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile beside the statue of Adam Smith, 192 High Street, EH1 1RF. Look for the green and white umbrellas. This tour does not depart from the castle.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • Bags with a volume larger than 30L are not allowed into Edinburgh Castle and there is no locker space for luggage
    • "Scotland has two seasons, June and winter!" - Billy Connolly. This tour takes place outside so please dress appropriately for the glorious Scottish climate
    • Please note that children aged 15 and under will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 1003 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5

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    Our tour guide was named Ryan and he did a fantastic job! He went above and beyond sharing the stories behind the history of the castle and the city of Edinburgh. Amazing time learning the history then you were set free to continue looking around the castle for as long as you wished.

    June 26, 2022

    Our guide was Ryan, who was informative and clearly knew what he was talking about. The walk to the castle started the discussion, and the entrance to the castle grounds itself was smooth. Ryan gave us valuable insights, preparing us for our time exploring the castle once the tour was over.

    June 26, 2022

    Had a wonderful time in Edinburgh, it was my partners first time going and he loved it. Edinburgh castle was our favourite tour as there was so much to see and very interesting, our guide John was very funny and I thought was lovely when interacting with others, asking us where we from etc etc that was nice, felt comfortable around him!

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    June 24, 2022

    Product ID: 156135