Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

From £17 per person

We think the best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you, and the guide books don’t show you is where our city’s stories lie – the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Join the original and most popular history tour in Edinburgh
  • Take a unique journey around the sites, stories and secrets of the Old Town you might otherwise miss
  • Get a wonderful introduction to Edinburgh, it’s past and people
  • Enjoy a great tour with the first 5-star walking tour company in Scotland!
  • Take a tour led by historians
Full description
Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you and the guide books don’t show you is where the city’s stories lie, in the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. You will visit the sites that are tucked away to see the secrets and hear the tales. Your guide will help you unlock Edinburgh's fascinating past, the culture, crime, politics and people of Scotland’s capital.
  • Group or private tour (depending on option selected)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meeting point

      Please arrive at the Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile (High Street) 15 minutes before the start of your tour and check in with the on-street representative from Mercat Tours.

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      Important information

      What to bring

      • Comfortable shoes

      Know before you go

      • Please dress for the weather wear appropriate footwear
      • For health and safety reasons, unfortunately children under 5 years of age are note permitted on this tour
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      4.7 / 5

      based on 222 reviews

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      Incredibly insightful. Our guide was very mindful of social distancing and the company made it very easy for us. Our guide was also exceptionally knowledgable, and we asked him a few “strange” questions and he was able to give us fantastic answers about the city’s history. It is very recommendable! Thank you to all the team that made t possible, on early post-lockdown days. Y

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      1 June 2021

      Our tour was amazing! Our guide was fantastic and personable. We happened to be in Edinburgh during a huge pageant which blocked off big parts of the Royal Mile. Our guide was awesome and guided us all through without losing anyone. Edinburgh has officially become one of my favourite European cities! If you are ever in the city, this tour is an absolute must!

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      17 September 2019

      We enjoyed our walking tour of Edinburgh. The Fringe Festival was on which made Edinburgh’s Royal Mile chaotic but the guide managed the situation well taking us down interesting back streets and closes. He was very knowledgeable. If your mobility isn’t good this isn’t the tour for you, lots of steps and hills. The pace was good though our guide catered for older people. Edinburgh is such a charismatic city well worth visiting!!

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      7 August 2019

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