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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle provided by Mercat Tours

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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A note from Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
You will be part of a small group (max 12) and we'll provide "Tour Talk" radio sets to make social distancing easier. Please bring your own face masks and earphones (disposable earphones can be provided).
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Updated 09/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save hours of waiting with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle (if option selected). Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mercat Cross
    High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.
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  • 1
    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    St Giles' Cathedral
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 3
    Parliament House
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 4
    Edinburgh Old Town
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 5
    St. Margaret's Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 7
    John Knox House Museum
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 8
    Castlehill
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Castlehill
    Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
    Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG.This tour ends at the Edinburgh Castle esplanade.
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Highlights
  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle (optional)
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
  • Access cobbled streets and narrow alleys inaccessible by car
What to Expect
This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk. Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket (if option selected). Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland. Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
Duration
2h 15m
Return Details
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
Inclusions
  • Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle (if this option is selected)
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • Small group experience
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Entry/Admission - St. Margaret's Chapel
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note: Edinburgh Castle will not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children over 5yrs only
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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travelswithmyphone wrote a review Oct 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom35 contributions20 helpful votes
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Great tour, really informative guide, tailored to our group's interest and enjoyed by adults and kids. Very small group. Felt very safe with easy social distancing and radio headsets
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Responded 28 Oct 2020
Hi Rachel, Thank you very much for coming along to join us and for leaving a review. Your blog on 15 things to do this October break was great! Happy to hear that our safety measures allowed you to enjoy the tour at ease. All the best and thanks again, Kim
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Bart Blaak wrote a review Oct 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
The tour guide explains clearly and in a fun way how Edinburgh came to be, and lots of other interesting things. Even if the history isn't that important to you, the tour itself will take you through some cool places you otherwise probably wouldn't think about going to them by
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Responded 21 Oct 2020
Hi Bart, Thank you so much for joining us and letting us share the stories of this incredible city with you! Really glad to hear that you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. All the best Kim
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Dana J wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He made the stories come alive, even though much of Edinburgh was closed because of the Covid restrictions.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Responded 21 Oct 2020
Hi Dana, We're glad we could share this city's intriguing and colourful stories with you. Thanks for joining us and taking the time to leave a review. All the best, Kim
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HolyPotatoes huge planet wrote a review Sep 2020
Corby, United Kingdom5 contributions3 helpful votes
The tour itself was alright very informative and nikki was great but I got a little confused at the pricing and what's included. The information sent to me says what's included and what's not. Clearly showing that fast track entry and skip the que into the castle.. but when
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Responded 30 Sep 2020
Hi Holy, Sorry you did not fully enjoy your experience this time. There is the option of Adult + Castle when booking the ticket and that includes the price of the tour and the castle entry. If you did this and still had to pay extra, please get in touch at info@mercattours.com, All the best, Kim
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Julie M wrote a review Sep 2020
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Really friendly, knowledgeable guide. Tour along the Royal Mile, so much to see only very short walks between sites of interest. Just the right amount of time at each place and guide knew loads more to answer any questions.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Responded 30 Sep 2020
Hi Mjuliem, Thank for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad you enjoyed touring with us. All the best and thanks for choosing Mercat, Kim
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About the operator

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By: Mercat Tours
Alex R
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The right balance between creepy and entertaining
The Vaults are fantastic to see and Mercat do an excellent job of presenting them while telling some very engaging
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darrenmaximus
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James Douglas- The Legend
James Douglas. What a guy. He was our guide when we booked the vaults last week in Edinburgh. The man is an amazing
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540gailr
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Great Time!
My son went to this with his Scout group and loved it! Lots of interesting info and a hysterical guide. She was Iri
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RosaM3275
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Great fun and super interesting
Great fun for Halloween for my younger brother and sister and I - thank you so much !!!!! Got to see a side of Edin
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Rachellej4
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Not for the faint-hearted!
My sister and I booked the Halloween underground tour with Mercat. Our guide, Stephanie, was lovely and a great sto
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laurarich434
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Excellent, speedy communication
I booked the ghost tour for a hen do via email as we were a large group and unable to book online. Everything was v
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HEvan27
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Great Night!
Great tour with Hannah! An absolute legend, she made it a great night for us! Would definitely recommend!
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E5580MPnicolac
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Great Halloween tour!
The tour was interesting and brought to life by our lovely tour guide Hannah, the vaults are creepy but I also wish
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Em92travel
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Great Tour
We had a great time on the tour. Guide Mark was amazing at building the atmosphere and great storyteller. Enjoyed o
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paultiplady
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Ghost walk
Would highly recommend this tour our guide (hellish) Nell was brilliant and funny and very well informed and answer
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cshiels26
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Fantastic Tour
We did the Halloween tour in the underground vaults with Scott. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour really
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jonvitalija
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Spooky tour
Agnes made the tour enjoyable. Very knowledgeable lady. So much history in Edinburgh and so many stories were told.
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MrTurnskin
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Informative and fun
Great tour of old town with tour guide Lara. Informative with a personal touch. Vaults were off limits unfortunate
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isobel0105
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A must do in Edinburgh!
Mark was an excellent story teller and created a brilliant spooky atmosphere. It was a lot of fun! Definitely recom
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hammyb94
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A fascinatingly spooky tour!
We were visiting Edinburgh the weekend before Halloween, eager to go on a ghost walk. This must be one of the best
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  • Duration: 2h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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