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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a Harry Potter-themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure-blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical guided tour.

Edinburgh: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Edinburgh: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with an award-winning hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Tour Stops: 1. Waterloo Place 2. St. Andrew Square 3. Lothian Road 4. Grassmarket 5. Chalmers Street 6. Johnston Terrace 7. Lawnmarket 8. National Museum of Scotland 9. High Street 10. Canongate 11. Holyrood 12. Our Dynamic Earth 13. Abbeyhill Crescent 14. Regent Road

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

3. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket. Pick from a ticket that lasts for 24 or 48 hours. Explore the city with stop options like Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Hop aboard and embark on your city adventure. Contrast the Old and New Towns, see the royal attractions of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia (entrances not included). Live guides provide English commentary on the Edinburgh Tour, while audio guides are available in up to 9 languages on the City Sightseeing Tour and the Majestic Tour. Hop on and off as often as you like at dozens of attractions, and enjoy unique, scenic views from the open-top upper decks. City Sightseeing Tour: Hear about the people and events that shaped Edinburgh, from the cramped conditions of the Old Town to spacious Holyrood Park, on a classic sightseeing tour in 9 languages. Enjoy Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories with the on board Horrible Histories Children’s Channel - history with all the gory bits left in! • Hanover Street • Princes Street Gardens • St. John’s Church • Grassmarket • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Museum of Childhood • Scottish Parliament • Our Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument Edinburgh Tour: Enjoy the best views aboard an open-top bus, as live commentary in English brings Edinburgh’s history to life. Explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, hopping off at 9 strategic stops. • Hanover Street • George Street • Charlotte Square • The Mound • Lawnmarket • Grassmarket • Our Dynamic Earth • Scottish Parliament • Canongate Kirk Majestic Tour: Leave the city center and head to the coast at Newhaven, with stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia. This multi-language tour offers commentary through headphones in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Return via the Palace of Holyrood House and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile. • Hanover Street • George Street • Royal Botanic Gardens • Ferry Road • Newhaven Harbour • Cruise Terminal • Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britannia) • Leith Mills • Elm Row • Queen Mary’s Bath House • Queensberry House • Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Combo City and Britannia Bus Tour

4. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Combo City and Britannia Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh with a 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. See famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Palace of Holyrood House while learning about their historical significance from the onboard audio commentary. Get access to both the City Tour and Britannia Tour circuit with your ticket. Explore the city in a convenient way, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights from the deck of an open-top bus. Get additional perks such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. with stops at a variety of locations, including all the following stops: • St Andrews Square • Lothian Road • Grassmarket • Lauriston Place • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • Lawnmarket • National Museum of Scotland • Holyrood Distillery • Museum of Edinburgh • Scottish Parliament • Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument • Royal Botanic Garden • Newhaven Harbour • Royal Yacht Britannia • Water of Leith • Broughton Road • Stockbridge • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art • Haymarket • Edinburgh International Conference Centre • Bread Street • Johnston Terrace

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off City or Britannia Bus Tour

5. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off City or Britannia Bus Tour

Explore Scotland’s capital city with an enjoyable hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose between the City Tour or Britannia Tour, depending on your itinerary of preference. See historical landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House and learn about their historic significance from the onboard audio commentary. Hop on the bus at the first stop at Waterloo Place and make sure to embark on the correct bus based on your Tour chosen: the Britannia and City Tour, depending on which attractions you would like to see. The City Tour will give you the chance to see the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, and Palace of Holyrood House, whereas Britannia takes in the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, and Haymarket. From either the top deck or the interior of the bus, you can conveniently explore the city, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights. With your ticket, you will also receive additional perks and discounts such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. This is a 24-hour pass with stops at a variety of locations along several routes. The City Tour includes: • St Andrews Square • Lothian Road • Grassmarket • Lauriston Place • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle, Lawnmarket • National Museum of Scotland • Holyrood Distillery • Museum of Edinburgh • Scottish Parliament • Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument The Britannia Tour includes the following stops: • St Andrew Square • Royal Botanic Garden • Newhaven Harbour • Royal Yacht Britannia • Water of Leith • Broughton Road • Stockbridge • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art • Haymarket • Edinburgh International Conference Centre • Bread Street • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Historical Walking Tour in Italian

6. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Historical Walking Tour in Italian

Meet your guide in central Edinburgh by the City Chambers, then set off on foot to explore Edinburgh Old Town. Walking is one of the best ways to experience the area because of its compact size and narrow passageways, which are known locally as closes. Follow your expert guide around Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks. As you stroll, listen to your knowledgeable guide recount the history of the city. Learn about the rise of Presbyterianism in Scotland and hear stories relating to St Giles’ Cathedral, whose gray medieval spire towers over the Royal Mile, a famous road at the heart of the city that’s lined with stately buildings. Imagine the Edinburgh of the past as you hear stories about the controversial 15th-century monarch, Mary, Queen of Scots, and about key figures from the Scottish Enlightenment. View the imposing Edinburgh Castle and be intrigued by tales of its rise and fall, and about the fabled Stone of Destiny that’s held inside. Next, make your way to the Mound, an artificial hill that connects Edinburgh Old Town with the New Town. Pause for a snack at the Grassmarket Square, then delve into the city’s dark side at the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Soak up the eerie atmosphere as you listen to stories about executions and hauntings that are associated with the site. Find out how the graveyard is connected to the famous Harry Potter books. Then walk back to the Royal Mile, discovering more about the collections of the National Museum of Scotland and uncovering the secrets of Mary King’s Close, a medieval street that lies under the Royal Mile. Your tour then concludes at the beginning of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

7. Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

Learn all about the witches of Edinburgh and Scotland from around 1590 to around 1735. Visit the site of hangings in Edinburgh. Also hear other Stories from Edinburgh and Scotland deep rich history. Visit an old witches shop (this shop maybe closed on the day of the tour) Book for a Chakra reading or a Yoni sensual massage. when you book the tour. You can also get a rune stone reading. Other parts of history maybe covered on the tour. Please note all readings are just for fun.

Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Guided Tour

8. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Guided Tour

Explore the essentials of the National Museum of Scotland on this guided tour. Immerse yourself in Scottish history as you wander through the different exhibitions dedicated to Scotland's most emblematic eras. Created in 2006, the National Museum of Scotland was born as a merger between the Museum of Scotland, which was totally devoted to the history and culture of Scotland, and the Royal Museum, a museum of natural history. This combination is reflected in the exhibits you will see on your tour. Admire a range of treasures, from science to archeology, fashion, and history. Your guide will explain the history of each artifact and allow you to interact with the pieces.

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

On this walking tour of Edinburgh, you will get an in-depth look at the city. Your guide will take you on a journey full of history, literature, gastronomy, and nightlife. You will learn the fascinating history and culture of the capital of Scotland. This is a fun and entertaining tour that will give you insight into this historic city and help you make plans for your stay in Edinburgh. During your walking tour, you will make stops that are off the traditional routes while ensuring that you get to see the forgotten areas of Edinburgh. This tour will take you through Old Town and its intricate alleyways to see some of its most emblematic buildings and characters. You will also get to see the New Town, the picturesque Victoria Street, Grassmarket, and the chilling cemetery of Greyfriars, to finish touring the most representative buildings of the University of Edinburgh, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.

Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Edinburgh, a place where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes converge to create a truly unique experience. To enhance your exploration of this Scottish gem, we proudly present the Edinburgh Self-Guided Audio Tour—an immersive journey that unveils the rich tapestry of this historic city at your own pace. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city that seamlessly blends ancient charm with modern vibrancy. From the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town to the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town, every corner of Edinburgh resonates with tales of centuries past. Our self-guided audio tour is designed to be your knowledgeable companion, offering fascinating insights into the city's landmarks, iconic architecture, and the captivating stories that have shaped its character. As you embark on this audio-guided adventure, you will be guided through Edinburgh's iconic sites, including the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock, and the majestic Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Wander down the Royal Mile, a bustling street that serves as the backbone of the Old Town, and immerse yourself in the haunting tales of the city's ghostly past. Delve into the intellectual legacy of Edinburgh with a stroll through the hallowed grounds of the University of Edinburgh, where some of the world's greatest thinkers have walked before. Discover the significance of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano that provides a panoramic view of the entire city, and understand why Edinburgh's skyline is truly one of a kind. This self-guided audio tour offers the flexibility to explore Edinburgh's treasures on your terms. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture buff, or simply a curious traveler, our carefully crafted narration will provide you with a deeper understanding of Edinburgh's multifaceted history and vibrant present. Learn more about the top 14 tourist attractions in Edinburgh. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Edinburgh Old Town 2. St Giles' Cathedral 3. Royal Mile 4. Edinburgh Castle 5. World of Camera Obscura 6. The National Museum 7. Edinburgh Gin Distillery 8. Scott Monument 9. Calton Hill 10. Palace of Holyroodhouse 11. Arthur's Seat 12. Royal Yacht Britannia 13. Hopetoun House 14. Forth Road Bridge Simply put on your headphones, and let the captivating stories unfold as you traverse the city's captivating streets. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic escape, or a family eager to share in the wonders of Edinburgh, our self-guided audio tour is your passport to an enriching and personalized exploration of this captivating Scottish capital. Welcome to Edinburgh—a city where every cobblestone has a story, and where the past and present dance together in harmony.

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The tour was fantastic, really interesting and we went to areas of the city we wouldn’t have necessarily known to visit. Xander our tour guide was absolutely brilliant, a knowledgable, personable chap who does other tours in the city and is very generous in terms of his knowledge on other areas also! We were sorry we were leaving shortly afterwards so we couldn’t do another with him! Would absolutely recommend if you are a potter fan you will not be disappointed.

We’ve just returned from Edinburgh, what an amazingly interesting city! It would have been a wee less colorful without our Harry Potter tour with Leo. What a champ! A great great storyteller. Book this tour without a doubt, it’ll make your day! Arina, Sander and Mika

Excellent! Our tour guide Keirin was kind and pacient. He knows a lot about the storie, the serie and the author. We enjoyed a lot everything, despite the cold weather 🥶

It was fun got to see parts of Edinburgh which were hidden as well as historical stuff about Edinburgh the tie in with Harry Potter was great and the quiz was great

Cold!! But great fun.. the driver was lovely - friendly guy