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Edinburgh History Tours

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What: Walking tours

Where: Edinburgh, UK.

Availability: All year round

Duration: Various

Don’t Miss: The only tours that enter the famously haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults!

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Edinburgh History Tours

Edinburgh is a city with an extraordinary history, and these walking tours are a fascinating way to uncover the city’s colourful past and people.

Choose from 4 different Edinburgh history tours which explore the city’s old town, new town, Royal Mile and much more.

Plus these are the only history walks that are allowed to enter the famously haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults!

Some of the tours are guided by an expert historian, who will have you captivated with tales from the past and be able to answer any questions you may have.

Choose from these 4 fascinating history walks:

Descend & Discover Tour (self-guided tour, 10.30am)

  • Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Descend deep underground on a self-guided tour of this historic site, where you’ll be free to take photos, browse the artefacts and enjoy an interactive audio-visual experience in the Discovery Room.

Historic Underground Vaults Tour (guided tour, 4pm)

  • This guided tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults uncovers the truth about Edinburgh’s underground history in an exclusive, fascinating experience.
  • You’ll be accompanied by an expert historian who will answer any questions as you explore the deepest, largest and most extensive Vaults in the city; Why were they built? Who built them, and when? And what were they used for?

Secrets of The Royal Mile (guided tour, 1pm)

  • Discover hidden places where the tour buses can’t take you, and the guide books won’t show you; the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh are where the city’s real stories can be found.
  • Learn the secrets and tales of the culture, crime and politics of Scotland's capital from expert historians.

Secrets of The Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Tour (guided tour & queue-jump to the castle, 1pm)

  • This tour includes the Secrets of The Royal Mile tour (as above) plus queue-jump admission and a guided tour of Edinburgh’s stunning, world-famous castle!
Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Explorers
  • Culture Vultures

Descend & Discover Tour

Tour Times:

Daily at 11.30am

Duration:

Around 45 minutes

Meeting point:

Mercat Cross, High Street

End point:

Blair Street Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter Square.

Important:

For health & safety reasons, children under 5 are not permitted on underground tours

Secrets of The Royal Mile

Tour Times:

Daily at 10.00am & 1.00pm

Duration:

1 ½ hours

Meeting point:

Mercat Cross, High Street

End point:

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Castlehill

Historic Underground Vaults Tour

Tour Times:

Daily at 4pm

Duration:

1 hour 15 minutes

Meeting point:

Mercat Cross, High Street

End point:

Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter Square

Important:

For health & safety reasons, children under 5 are not permitted on underground tours

Secrets of The Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Tour

Tour Times:

Daily at 10.00am & 1.00pm

Duration:

Around 2 hours 15 minutes

Meeting point:

Mercat Cross, High Street

End point:

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Castlehill

The history walks all start at Mercat Cross, High Street, Edinburgh

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