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Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

2. Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

Discover Scotland's pirate history and main locations from a pirate's perspective on this treasure hunt. Meet your guide at Calton Island, where your game will begin. After a short introduction, get kitted out with all the tools you need to complete the game. You will only need your phone to check results and ask for help should you need it. Once the game begins, use the tools provided along with elements of the city to crack codes, open padlocks, and move forward in the pirate-themed game. Wander around Calton Island and Regent River to solve clues and discover landmarks such as the Royal Observatory, Nelson Monument, Burns Monument, and some other off-the-beaten-track locations. At the top of the hill, enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2-2.5 hours if they don't take a break.

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What people are saying about Nelson Monument, Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,987 reviews

Great way to see the parts of the city with multi language audio commentary - don’t forget you need to put your hand out to stop the bus to get on! That wasn’t made clear upon booking

Booked online then redeemed ticket. It works for 24 hours from then. We just fid the hour loop to get orientated in the arvo then did the hop on hop off the next day.

Brilliant, highly recommend it! it is ideal for kids too as they can listen to the horrible histories version which tbh i preferred

Easy to find many stops and lots of great information about Edinburgh's history!

Perfect way to see Edinburgh and to get on and off at leisure.