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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry provided by Mercat Tours

Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry

Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry
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Last updated: 3 May 2021
A note from Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry
You will be part of a small group (max 15) 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).
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Delve deeper into the rich history of Edinburgh on a walking tour that offers a more intimate glimpse into the UNESCO-listed Old Town than you’d get from a traditional tour vehicle. Ideal for history buffs and first-time visitors, this tour also gives you the chance to upgrade to a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Discover details you may otherwise miss on an Edinburgh walking tour
A short duration makes this tour ideal for time-pressed travelers
Get the inside scoop on culture and history from a guide
Upgrade to include a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
What to expect
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace. Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life. Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen. Finally, bid your guide farewell and use your skip-the-line tickets to explore the Palace of Holyrood independently. Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2934P16
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
Award-winning local storytellers • Small group experience • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance • Optional entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
Exclusions
entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
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.
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.
Inclusions
Award-winning local storytellers • Small group experience • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance • Optional entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
Exclusions
entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Departure details
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.
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Children over 5yrs only
Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Holyrood Abbey
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Edinburgh Old Town
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    St Giles' Cathedral
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Mercat Cross
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
    Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.
    See address & details
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GMR
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
Great Time!
My son went to this with his Scout group and loved it! Lots of interesting info and a hysterical guide. She was Irish that’s all he remembers. Definitely would recommend to people interested in Edinburgh history
Written 14 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Gailr, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad to hear your son had a great time on tour with us! Happy we could earn your recommendation. All the best, Kim
Written 17 November 2020
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Cath
Fife, UK8 contributions
History tour
Mar 2020 • Friends
Very informative with a knowledgeable guide. It was interesting to visit places I would have never have known where there! I would recommend this tour.
Written 15 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Catherine, We're glad we could share some of the history and stories of this great city with you. Thanks for joining us! Your recommendation is much appreciated. All the best, Kim
Written 16 March 2020
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kmyers88
Ham Lake, MN46 contributions
Fun and Informative
This was such an informative and fascinating tour! We got to see and learn so much; our tour guide was a wonderful story teller. We not only learned about Scottish history but also medieval history and customs. We were blessed with a beautiful day in April and the tour was just the right length.
Written 29 December 2019
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Hi Kelly, So happy that you came back to leave us a review after your tour back in April! Thank you and very glad to hear that you enjoyed it. All the best, Kim
Written 7 January 2020
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Spring159
Bristol, UK1 contribution
Old Town Tour
Fantastic Old Town Tour by Stephanie. Relaxed tour with great historic facts and local knowledge and Steph’s fun delivery and stories.
Written 28 December 2019
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Hi Spring, Really glad you enjoyed our Fantastic Old Town Tour with Stephanie and all of the facts you learned along the way. Thanks for stopping to leave us a review! All the best, Kim
Written 7 January 2020
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Bradyn Holly
Anchorage, AK6 contributions
Amazing Tour
My wife and I went on the Royal Mike History Walking Tour and Palace of Holyrood. Let me just start off by saying that our tour guide Charles was amazing! Very knowledgeable of the history of Edinburgh and Canongate. This is not the typical “see the sites” walking tour but rather the history behind the city. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh. And definitely add on the self guided Palace of Holyroodhouse tour at the end.
Written 4 November 2019
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Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review, we'll be sure to pass your kind words on to Charles. All the best, Louise
Written 5 November 2019
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Jennifer E
Alexandria, VA27 contributions
Great tour
Oct 2019
We loved all the history. Our tour guide did well considering the crazy loud parade going on. Very well timed and details were fabulous.
Written 10 October 2019
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Hi Jennifer, Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the history included. Many thanks, Katie
Written 21 October 2019
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Suzanne L
1 contribution
Hats off to Margaret-Ann with Mercat Tours
Sep 2019
Spent a lovely, sunny morning on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh as we were entertained and educated by Margaret-Ann of Mercat Tours. She deftly guided more than 20 folks in and out of alleys, through traffic lights, and up and down the Royal Mile all the while sharing history and anecdotes that brought the whole area alive. Our tour culminated at Holyrood Castle. Margaret-Ann was obviously very knowledgeable as well as cordial. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Written 11 September 2019
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CWalters
1 contribution
Excellent overview of all kings & queens!
Jul 2019
They honestly helped us make sense of the very crowded timeline of royals and connection to England.
Written 9 August 2019
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IAG2608
Vancouver, Canada519 contributions
Informative and well paced
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were part of a larger group taking this tour. Our guide was excellent. We grew up in Edinburgh but have lived elsewhere for a very long time. The history presented by our guide was informative and well paced. We walked from St. Giles to Holyrood Palace. There were facts that we knew, facts that we knew but had forgotten and facts that we knew nothing about. A great tour.
Written 3 June 2019
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Jane P
New Jersey42 contributions
Tour guide made the tour!
Oct 2018 • Couples
From the moment I booked the tour, Mercat was excellent. I inquired about an aspect of the tour and quickly received a clear response as well as a map of where to meet. Our guide, Charles, made the time so memorable. He is enormously knowledgeable and as we were a very small group (us and 2 students) it became a real conversation rather than a lecture. He answered every question and his love of Edinburgh and history was obvious. At the end, we wanted to grab lunch before entering Holyrood House Palace and he went above and beyond to ensure we could eat and then get admitted.
Written 5 November 2018
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Hi Jane Thank you for posting such a positive review on your tour with Charles. He is a true gentleman and always takes extremely good care of his groups. His is also the man you want in your team if there is ever a quiz - you are guaranteed to win! All the best Shirley
Written 8 November 2018
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Uninformed cancellation! agent overbooked
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Amazing experience
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