Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

From $23.89 per person

We think the best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you, and the guide books don’t show you is where our city’s stories lie – the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Join the original and most popular history tour in Edinburgh
  • Take a unique journey around the sites, stories and secrets of the Old Town you might otherwise miss
  • Get a wonderful introduction to Edinburgh, it’s past and people
  • Enjoy a great tour with the first 5-star walking tour company in Scotland!
  • Take a tour led by historians
Full description
Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you and the guide books don’t show you is where the city’s stories lie, in the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. You will visit the sites that are tucked away to see the secrets and hear the tales. Your guide will help you unlock Edinburgh's fascinating past, the culture, crime, politics and people of Scotland’s capital.
  • Group or private tour (depending on option selected)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Please arrive at the Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile (High Street) 15 minutes before the start of your tour and check in with the on-street representative from Mercat Tours.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • Please dress for the weather wear appropriate footwear
    • For health and safety reasons, unfortunately children under 5 years of age are note permitted on this tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 / 5

    based on 220 reviews

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    Our tour was amazing! Our guide was fantastic and personable. We happened to be in Edinburgh during a huge pageant which blocked off big parts of the Royal Mile. Our guide was awesome and guided us all through without losing anyone. Edinburgh has officially become one of my favourite European cities! If you are ever in the city, this tour is an absolute must!

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    September 17, 2019

    We enjoyed our walking tour of Edinburgh. The Fringe Festival was on which made Edinburgh’s Royal Mile chaotic but the guide managed the situation well taking us down interesting back streets and closes. He was very knowledgeable. If your mobility isn’t good this isn’t the tour for you, lots of steps and hills. The pace was good though our guide catered for older people. Edinburgh is such a charismatic city well worth visiting!!

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    August 7, 2019

    Good start to our short break in Edinburgh

    We arrived in the city from London around 10.30 and booked this 1.30 tour as we couldn't get into our hotel room till 2pm. Having dumped our bags at the hotel we proceed to Mercat Cross just of the Royal Mile and enjoyed a 90 min tour informing us of a lot of the street history in a potted form. Good informative start to our mini 5 day break

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    December 7, 2018

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