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City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Tour Edinburgh to your own schedule on the open-top sightseeing bus, and enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the lively city. 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

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Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

2. Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Experience stunning city views and natural vistas with this 48-hour Royal Edinburgh Ticket, and learn Edinburgh's history and culture as your tour. Easy to use, the all-inclusive ticket is fantastic value if you want to go to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The ticket also includes 48-hour unlimited travel on three of Edinburgh's hop-on-hop-off bus tours; Edinburgh City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour and Majestic Tour. Use the bus to reach the attractions, leaving the city behind and heading to the coast at Newhaven through Edinburgh’s New Town. With stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia, it couldn’t be simpler. As the bus returns to the city center, you can jump off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile to walk up to Edinburgh Castle. A multi-language audio commentary in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian is available on board.

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Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

3. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route tour ticket. Tour for 24 or 48 hours, to contrast the Old and New Towns, see the royal attractions of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia (entrances not included). Live guides provide English commentary on the Edinburgh Tour, while audio guides are available in up to 9 languages on the City Sightseeing Tour and the Majestic Tour. Hop on and off as often as you like at dozens of attractions, and enjoy unique, scenic views from the open-top upper decks. City Sightseeing Tour: Hear about the people and events that shaped Edinburgh, from the cramped conditions of the Old Town to spacious Holyrood Park, on a classic sightseeing tour in 9 languages. Enjoy Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories with the on board Horrible Histories Children’s Channel - history with all the gory bits left in! • Hanover Street • Princes Street Gardens • St. John’s Church • Grassmarket • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Museum of Childhood • Scottish Parliament • Our Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument Edinburgh Tour: Enjoy the best views aboard an open-top bus, as live commentary in English brings Edinburgh’s history to life. Explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, hopping off at 9 strategic stops. • Hanover Street • George Street • Charlotte Square • The Mound • Lawnmarket • Grassmarket • Our Dynamic Earth • Scottish Parliament • Canongate Kirk Majestic Tour: Leave the city center and head to the coast at Newhaven, with stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia. This multi-language tour offers commentary through headphones in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Return via the Palace of Holyrood House and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile. • Hanover Street • George Street • Royal Botanic Gardens • Ferry Road • Newhaven Harbour • Cruise Terminal • Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britannia) • Leith Mills • Elm Row • Queen Mary’s Bath House • Queensberry House • Canongate Kirk

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Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

4. Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Visit the Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh - a rock and roll legend with a Scottish twist. The Hard Rock Cafe is conveniently located a short distance from the world famous Edinburgh Castle and nearby include The National Museum of Scotland, and Holyrood Park. Experience what has made this iconic restaurant a crowd favorite since the first cafe first opened in 1976. The menu at the Hard Rock Cafe offers a plethora of culinary delights. Choose from the Gold or Diamond menu options and enjoy fresh, high-quality items, including a mouth-watering selection of Legendary Burgers. Additionally, Hard Rock’s Smokehouse Menu uses the very best hickory wood chips to slowly cook its ribs, chicken, and pork to juicy, tender perfection. Whatever your tastes, there is a delicious option for you. After dining, head to the Rock Shop and shop for souvenirs and much sought after Hard Rock merchandise. Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

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Edinburgh Uncovered Private 3-Hour Group Tour

5. Edinburgh Uncovered Private 3-Hour Group Tour

Enjoy a fantastic orientation tour of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and planned Georgian New Town on a private 3-hour walk for groups of up to 30 people. The unique tour, awarded 4 stars by Visit Scotland, aims to inform and entertain, as your guide takes you into historic parts of the city, providing a great overview of the contrasting old and new towns of the Scottish capital. Stroll along the narrow streets of the Old Town, learning about the secrets that lie within its dark closes and wyndes. Explore the buildings of Edinburgh's elegant Georgian New Town to get a sense of how the city moved into a more enlightened and commercial era. Each tour can be customized to suit your group's needs, but all tours familiarize you with the energetic city center, passing many attractions that will help you plan the rest of your stay.

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Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this walking tour of Edinburg. Discover the city through his experiences. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories from the Surgeon's Hall. Walk through New Town to the author's birthplace. Along the way, find out about the fascinating connections between Edinburgh and the world of Sherlock Holmes.

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What people are saying about New Town Neighborhood

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,256 reviews

Doug provided a great summary of the process of distillery, aging and distribution of whiskies. Then we enjoyed a "flight" of 4 whiskies at one historic bar in Old Town, then moved on to another lovely bar to try a couple more whiskies (more aged...21 and 34 years old). Explanations, ratings and methods of tasting.... All in all, a wonderful, entertaining, educational and tasty experience!

An interesting, complete narrative for a fantastic city. Saw parts of the city never seen or explored before. The tour guide was great, knowledgeable and charming.

Excellent service. Always on time. Friendly drivers and guides. Good information. Made getting around easy and comfortable.

Fab bus tour that can get you all around the city with history learning as well.

Great tour, very knowledgeable staff and very helpful