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Day Trip by Rail to Edinburgh from London

1. Day Trip by Rail to Edinburgh from London

Welcome and Departure Be present at King’s Cross Station at 6:30 AM to exchange your voucher for your train tickets for your outbound and inbound rail journeys. Your train will depart at 7:00 AM and arrive in to Edinburgh at 11:22 AM. Please print all tickets for both your return rail journey and attractions. Edinburgh – Open-Top Bus Tour Delve into the Scottish capital’s rich history with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that takes in all the major sights: the Royal Mile, Greyfriars Bobby, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and atmospheric Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle  Enjoy free admission to Edinburgh Castle, where you can marvel at the sparkling Scottish Crown Jewels and photograph breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s famous skyline. Return Journey  After a thrilling day spent discovering Edinburgh, your train departs at 5:31 PM, arriving back in London at 10:18 PM. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. First Class - optional - includes refreshments served at your seat.

Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour & Optional Holyrood Palace

2. Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour & Optional Holyrood Palace

Tread the route of royals, past and present – and let your expert guide unlock the history of this ancient seat of power. Discover rebellions Jacobites, colorful characters the hidden history of the Canongate, and the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse. Upgrade to include entry to the palace. Discover an approach to the palace that escapes the notice of history books and bus tours. As you walk down the quiet closes of the Canongate your expert guide will show you a different side of the royal city – in rich, engaging detail. Here, rebellious Jacobites clattered over the cobbles, led by a proud Bonnie Prince Charlie. And Deacon Brodie led his dual life as locksmith and thief, immortalized by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the hands of your gifted storyteller, you’ll find that romance and intrigue are everywhere – in the architecture, literature, crime, and politics, on the very doorstep of the Queen’s Palace. After the Canongate, your guide will introduce the Palace of Holyroodhouse – which you’ll explore in your own time (if option selected). You’ll find 14 magnificent state apartments, as well as the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey. The palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots – and Her Majesty The Queen still makes use of the State Apartments for royal ceremonies.

Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

3. Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

Edinburgh The train from London's King Cross Station arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30am. Right by the station you board the open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's-eye view of this majestic city! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. You will see the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. You might want to wander through the cobbled city centre streets or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous! Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 10:30pm.

Edinburgh: Outlander Series and Jacobites Walking Tour

4. Edinburgh: Outlander Series and Jacobites Walking Tour

Learn about Scotland’s fascinating 18th-century history on a walking tour of Edinburgh. See the locations where the TV show Outlander were filmed in Edinburgh, including the iconic Bakehouse Close where Jamie and Claire finally reunited after 20 years apart. Set off along the iconic and historic Royal Mile to dive into Edinburgh and Scotland's rich history. Listen to your guide tell stories about the Jacobites and learn some Gaelic along your route, understanding in more depth some of the expressions that Jamie frequently uses in Outlander. Learn about Celtic magic and mythology, from the standing stones to the legendary selkies — Scotland is riddled with magical and mystical folklore. It is not hard to imagine you have fallen through the stones yourself when you embark on this walk through Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Finish your tour at Edinburgh’s Royal Residence, Holyrood Palace – where Jamie and Claire would have stayed as guests of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite uprisings.

From London: Edinburgh Overnight Tour by Train

5. From London: Edinburgh Overnight Tour by Train

Journey north to Edinburgh by train on a tour from London. Explore the city at your leisure, visit Edinburg Castle, and enjoy a hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Sleep overnight in a 3-star hotel to get the most of your time and stay in Edinburgh. Begin your first day with a 6:30 AM check-in to prepare for an early morning train to Edinburgh. The local partner's representative will meet you at the ticket office and escort you to your reserved seat on the train. The journey to the Scottish capital takes around 4.5 hours. Explore the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle. Admission to the Castle is included in the tour. On your tour of Edinburgh Castle, see the spectacular Scottish Crown Jewels and also take in the sweeping views of the capital’s skyline. Delve into the Scottish capital’s rich history with a hop–on hop–off bus tour and take in all the major sights like the Royal Mile, Greyfriars Bobby, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Edinburgh Castle. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours, allowing you to use it the following day. Overnight accommodation in Edinburgh is also included in the tour. Spend an evening wining and dining your way around this vibrant, cosmopolitan city and spend the night in comfort in your 3-star hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, have the rest of the morning and all of the afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of Edinburgh and maybe wander Princes Street to see what the many shops have to offer. Return to London by train and be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your train's departure from Edinburgh at 5:31 PM. Arrive in London at 10:09 PM.

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What people are saying about Holyrood Palace

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Amazing walking tour with enthusiastic guide

Since we were but with 4 in total, Simon - our tour guide - had oceans of time to stop and explain every bit of mystery and history surrounding the Royal Mile. We wandered around town, strolling into hidden closes and discovering curious nooks, at a relaxed pace. The guide was able to provide us with plenty information and facts about the Mile and the city of Edinburgh itself, that you immediately feel like you'd lived there yourself for some time. Pity that he had to leave us at the Palace (since no guides are allowed inside), but even there he set us on our way with the audio-guides. In all a great experience, and would definitely recommend this organisation (and this tour)!

Linda our guide was exceptionally knowledgable and this showed through with her enthusiasm brushing up on us. I would advice that although this trip is guided at 2.15 hours that you allow longer to have a good look around the palace at the end.

Thank you Jule for a relaxed and informative tour. My daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nora was great!! She is quite knowledgeable and readily answered questions.

Very informative and guide was brilliant and very knowledgable