Edinburgh: Old Town History Walking Tour

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Dive into the history of Edinburgh's Old Town on this walking tour. Stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town as you learn about the events and characters that made Edinburgh what it is today.


  • Immerse yourself in Scottish history as you stroll the charming Old Town streets
  • Admire the beauty of the Princess Street Gardens and learn about their dark past
  • Take in stunning views of Edinburgh Castle from the viewpoint at Ross Fountain
  • Discover the hidden alleyways of the Royal Mile as you learn about its history
  • Learn about Scotland's old kings and queens as walk through Parliament Square


Start your tour in front of the statue of Sir James Young Simpson. Walk through the Princess Street Gardens and admire their beauty while learning about their dark secrets. Stop at Ross fountain to enjoy some stunning views of Edinburgh Castle. Then, take a walk past a series of monuments dedicated to historical wars and battles. Next, delve into the hidden alleyways of the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile was the spine of the Old Town, where people congregated, traded, and battled. After strolling down the picturesque Victoria Street, move on to the historic Grassmarket. This is one of the places where public executions took place in the city. Find out about some of the individuals who were punished here. Move on to Greyfriars Kirkyard, the burial ground for many famous and infamous historical figures. Then, walk along George IV Bridge and see the spots where some of the Harry Potter stories were written. Finish off your tour with a visit to Parliament Square and the High Street. Learn about about kings and rebel queens, feared religious leaders, and Scotland's national animal: the unicorn.


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Important Information

  • This tour will run rain or shine Please dress appropriately for the weather

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