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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Edinburgh's UNESCO-listed New Town
  • Ideals for lovers of history and culture
  • Tick off top attractions such as Princes Street and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town
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Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed New Town is replete with innovative monuments and history: as the birthplace of seminal inventions such as the telephone and anesthesia, the New Town’s prosperous past begs to be discovered. This 2.5-hour walking tour, ideal for history enthusiasts, takes you to top attractions such as Princes Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Ross Fountain. Guide commentary reveals tales of secret Edinburgh societies, inventions of the Enlightenment period, and Edinburgh’s campaign to abolish slavery. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.

What to Expect

In front of Starbucks Coffee on the High Street, greet your guide and embark on your 2.5-hour tour of Scotland’s New Town. First, take a moment to absorb your surroundings: Scott’s Monument, in its Gothic glory, rises from Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle gazes solemnly from its hilltop perch.

First, you’ll stroll to the world’s oldest Masonic lodge while listening to tales of secret societies established in Edinburgh. Hear, too, about the campaign to abolish slavery in Edinburgh and seminal inventions created by Scots such as John Knoxx and Alexander Graham Bell.

Admire the grand architecture of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, home to portraits of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, and enjoy the botanical beauty of the Princes Street Gardens. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Ross Fountain, where you’ll bid your guide farewell.

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Reviewed today via mobile
A great tour with lots to learn

Today we had the good fortune of going on the Old Town tour led by Alisdair. The tour was absolutely brilliant and we learnt so much that we didn't know. Ali was a great tour guide who was both knowledgeable and fun and kept everyone...More

Thank Joe T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
A compact but insightful 2.5 hour Walking Tour

It was my first time in Edinburgh and to wrap things up to at least step on to the city's touristy spots I decided to join Sandeman's Free Walking Tour. The tour itself takes about 2.5 hours and takes you to a brief history about...More

Thank Albertus R
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great guide, good visit

Our guide Angus was very good and the Edinbugh walkingt tour was a greart success. Angus was a very good storyteller and he had a lot to say !

Thank GrandTour157733
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Enjoyable Experience

We had Aussie Dave as our tour guide for walking tour. He is very quirky and I enjoyed the passion he put into the history of Edinburgh. Also told us some good tips on what else to see that was not on the tour.

Thank Brenton L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Free tour

Angus was a really nice guide and taught us alot about Edinburgh. We had a great time. Can recommend this tour to everyone.

Thank whchputz
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