Guided tour

Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour w/ Fast-Track Entry

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours

Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour w/ Fast-Track Entry

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours
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From US$ 40.91 per person

Likely to sell out

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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  • 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).

  • Entrance ticket
  • Skip-the-line entry into the castle
  • Guided tour in English
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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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 2067 reviews

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    The guide was super attentive and so was his partner. We lost the ticket to the castle and they let us in without any problem. The castle was not what I expected but the guide's explanations were what we liked the most and made us like the castle a little more.

    January 21, 2023

    Alister was a wonderful guide. He was entertaining and informative. He made sure all tour participants were gathered before starting to tell about each stopping point so no one missed anything. He has a deep knowledge of his subject but knew how to edit that knowledge down to the tour time constraints but made himself available after the tour if anyone wanted more information about any particular point he made during the tour.

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    January 11, 2023

    Fantastic guide. Very prompt meeting time and very efficient. Took us up the Royal Mile to the Castle and giving us plenty of information along the way. Once at the Castle there didn't seem to be anything he didn't know about the history of the Castle or Edinburgh itself. Quite comical at times too so made you feel very comfortable. Would definitely recommend and book another trip with them in the future.

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    January 5, 2023

    Product ID: 156135