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  • City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    1. City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    Tour Edinburgh to your own schedule on the open-top sightseeing bus, and enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the lively city. 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! Buses run every 10-20 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Norths...

    Luckily we had a dry day so were able to sit upstairs. I always take a bus tour in a new city, great way to see all the sights. Our guide spoke clearly and had interesting comments to me. Most enjoyable

  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    2. 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 2-hour guided tour. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience.

    My daughters had a lovely time exploring Edinburgh city along with gaining knowledge about the Harry Potter tour . The guide Kieran was very interactive and made the trip worth looking forward to. Thank you.

  • Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

    3. Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

    Experience stunning city views and natural vistas with this 48-hour Royal Edinburgh Ticket, and learn Edinburgh's history and culture as your tour. Easy to use, the all-inclusive ticket is fantastic value if you want to go to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The ticket also includes 48-hour unlimited travel on three of Edinburgh's hop-on-hop-off bus tours; Edinburgh City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour and Majestic Tour. Use the bus to reach the attractions, leaving the city behind and heading to the coast at Newhaven through Edinburgh’s New Town. With stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia, it couldn’t be simpler. As the bus returns to the city center, you can jump off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile to walk up to Edinburgh Castle. A multi-language audio commentary in English, G...

    Great value for money to use 3 bus services and for 48 hours it was great value. The attractions were all very good , bought separately this has saved us about £50 and we used the bus all day on both days to go to different areas of the city and not just the attractions

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

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

    Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route tour ticket. Tour for 24 or 48 hours, to 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 Stre...

    Excellent way to enjoy all the city and surrounding areas . We bought tickets for the 3 bus routes and planned our days accordingly., Buses were clean and ran on time , no problem waiting . Would recommend especially to people who have not been to Edinburgh before.

  • Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

    5. Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

    Learn all about the witches of Edinburgh on an immersive tour that explores how witchcraft was used in the city from 1590 until 1690. Follow your guide to some of Edinburgh's most mysterious sites and learn more about the city's most famous witches. Hear how and why they become witches and how they were treated by others. Journey through the supernatural and discover how they practiced their craft. Visit the site where most of them met their fate, see the city's oldest wicca shop and encounter some of the spooky wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile.

    Frank the tour guide is a fountain of knowledge and was also willing to answer any personal questions I had about my own spiritual practices. I paid a fiver for this tour and it lasted two hours. I feel that was a bargain! And I am grateful for the help Frank gave me, too :) It has made a huge difference in my life. If you like the darker, more grim side of history... Give it a whirl!

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What people are saying about National Museum of Scotland

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4.7 / 5

based on 5,171 reviews

amazing, interactive, realistically took me back into the Harry Potter story and character experiences, great to see the sites in Edinburgh that gave inspiration to JK Rowling and the series - great tour guide and great tour - I would even take this very tour again it was fun!

Excellent way to enjoy all the city and surrounding areas . We bought tickets for the 3 bus routes and planned our days accordingly., Buses were clean and ran on time , no problem waiting . Would recommend especially to people who have not been to Edinburgh before.

The staff at the start were very efficient and friendly in organising our tickets for the activities. They make the journeys special, a bit of humour,laughing at themselves and always giving interesting facts along the way.

Fun and informative the lady doing the tour was fantastic despite being new

Excellent Guide Amy was so informative Thoroughly enjoyed it