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

1. 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: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage on a small and intimate walking tour guided by one of the most knowledgeable locals possible. Stuart or Richard Usher, of Scotland's famous and historic House of Usher, or historians Dr. Alison Duncan and David Forsyth, will guide you through this beautiful city. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, including Usher Hall and Edinburgh Castle (exterior). You’ll walk along the Royal Mile, view St. Giles Cathedral (exterior), and visit several of Edinburgh's famous landmarks. Your guide has an extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's history and architecture and the many famous people that the city has produced over the centuries. They will share their knowledge with you in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Have no fear, as it won't all be serious stuff. Visit the Grassmarket, a place of thriving activity where street performers and buskers abound and which is home, since the 1400s, to merchants and street traders. Also, typically, where time allows, you will see Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, George Street, and Charlotte Square.

Edinburgh: Discover Edinburgh Walking Tour

3. Edinburgh: Discover Edinburgh Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating charm of historic Edinburgh on our walking tour through the city's most significant places. Take an informative, thought-provoking journey that brings the history of Edinburgh to life. Cover all of Edinburgh's major sights, from The Royal Mile to Princes Street. See St Giles' Cathedral, The Writers Museum, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, The Scott Monument, and much more. Our guides are all experienced and gifted storytellers and they will weave the themes of Royalty, Religion, Politics, History, Culture, Art, and 21st Century Edinburgh into a compelling narrative, stretching from the city's beginnings as a bronze age settlement. Hear the stories of reformations, rebellions, and enlightenment and meet the people who have left their imprint on the city, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and many more. At the end of the tour, you'll find yourself in a central location, perfectly situated to further explore the wonders of Edinburgh at your own pace. Whether you choose to continue your adventure, relax in a cozy café, or browse the local shops, the captivating spirit of Edinburgh will linger with you long after the tour ends. Book today and let the history and charm of Edinburgh unfold before your eyes.

Edinburgh City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. Edinburgh City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download an MP3 audio guide and explore Edinburgh's famous attractions at your own pace. See Edinburgh Castle, the Princes Street Gardens, the Royal Mile, Tolbooth Kirk, the George IV Bridge, Edinburgh City Chambers, Tron Kirk, and the Scottish Parliament Building. Begin your tour at Edinburgh Castle (entry not included), a building that dates back to the 12th century. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, the magnificent St Giles' Cathedral, Mary King's Close, and walk past underground alleys with a layered history. Drop by at Deacon Brodie's tavern and try Edinburgh's best haggis, a national delicacy immortalized in poetry by Robbie Burns (the National Bard of Scotland). 

Edinburgh: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Edinburgh: Private Guided Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage on a small and intimate walking tour. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, including Edinburgh Castle. Walk along the Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, and visit several of Edinburgh's famous landmarks.  Your tour guide has extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's history and architecture and the many famous people that have called the city home over the centuries. On the 3-hour tour the guide will tell you about the Scottish capital in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Typically you’ll see Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, George Street, Charlotte Square, and other important sites.

Edinburgh: Royal Mile Scottish Enlightenment Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: Royal Mile Scottish Enlightenment Walking Tour

We begin at St Giles Cathedral then work our way through Edinburgh's Old Town, ending up at Calton Hill, East End of Princes Street. On our way the statues and landmarks have their story to tell about the Scottish Enlightenment and some of the important people involved - not just the contribution they made but what kind of people they were. Some of the stories are funny, others surprisingly different to what you might expect. We touch lightly on topics which Scotland became famous for during the Enlightenment period: philosophy, economics, literature, architecture, education, medicine. It's great exercise for the brain and body too, but nothing too academic or tiring. However a reasonable degree of fitness is required as we will walk fairly quickly and eventually climb Calton Hill. Toilet facilities are available half way and at the end, but please go easy on the tea and coffee before we begin. Also, dress for the weather conditions, with waterproof coat if necessary and good walking shoes. At the end of our Tour you are free to explore further from Calton Hill onwards.

From Glasgow: Private Day Trip to Edinburgh with Transfers

7. From Glasgow: Private Day Trip to Edinburgh with Transfers

Experience the best of Edinburgh with our Private Full Day Tour from Glasgow. This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the history, culture, and beauty of Scotland's capital city. Start your day with a scenic drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh, with a knowledgeable guide providing commentary along the way. Once in Edinburgh, explore the Royal Mile, visit Edinburgh Castle, and marvel at the stunning views from Arthur's Seat. Enjoy a traditional Scottish lunch before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where you can wander through the beautiful gardens and see where the Queen resides when in Scotland. End your day with some free time to explore on your own before heading back to Glasgow. Our private transfer will drop you off at your hotel or a central location of your choice. With this private tour, you'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary and the personalized attention of your guide. This is the perfect way to experience the best of Edinburgh in a single day.

Edinburgh : Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

8. Edinburgh : Christmas Markets Festive Digital Game

As a family, with friends or on your own, enjoy an extraordinary experience as you rediscover the magic of Christmas through enchanting mysteries, artistic challenges and puzzles specially designed for this magical time of year. Immerse yourself in the warm and enchanting atmosphere of Edinburgh as you take on challenges that will awaken a sense of wonder within you. What's on offer? Riddles to solve, and creative challenges, whether capturing photos, making videos, or expressing your artistic genius, all in a magical and welcoming atmosphere. Be carried away by the magic of Christmas and create unforgettable memories with an entertaining game full of surprises. The only equipment required? Your smartphone to immortalize these memorable moments and an insatiable curiosity to unearth Edinburgh's hidden treasures during this enchanting time of year. Embark on this magical adventure and let yourself be transported by the magic of Edinburgh's festive season.

Edinburgh: Must-See In App Audio Tour

9. Edinburgh: Must-See In App Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Scotland as you step back in time to explore the captivating past of Edinburgh. Embark on your journey through the Old Town with a visit to Holyroodhouse Palace. Admire the tranquility of its park, a stark contrast to the modern complex of the New Scottish Parliament. Continue your exploration to John Knox's house, unraveling the extraordinary life story of its remarkable owner. Next, feast your eyes on the stunning architecture of the High Kirk of St Giles, adorned with intricate Gothic motifs. Don't miss the chance to encounter the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, whose incredible and touching story awaits. Ascend Castle Rock to stand in awe of Edinburgh Castle, its majestic figure looming over the city. Take a moment to appreciate the National Gallery of Scotland, conveniently located next to the Royal Scottish Academy, providing the option to explore both if you wish. Conclude your tour with the picturesque view from Princes Street, before immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of the New Town. Take a leisurely stroll amidst it all, savoring the vibrant life surrounding you. Set aside some time and be prepared to uncover the delightful surprises that Edinburgh has in store for you. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

Edinburgh: New Town Self Guided Walk with Treasure Hunt

10. Edinburgh: New Town Self Guided Walk with Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of New Town Edinburgh into an Adventure Playground! Welcome to Edinburgh’s New Town! Built between 1767 and 1850 as a response to overcrowding in the medieval Old Town, Edinburgh’s New Town has flourished and is a tribute to urban town planning with its elegant Neo-Classical architecture, grand squares, terraces and beautiful gardens. Explore the streets of New Town as your team unlocks a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will take you on a journey back in time to an age of elegance but with an updated modern twist. Your Quest will begin with far reaching views across the city from Calton Hill then wind you through the Georgian streets and beautiful Princes Street Gardens ending at the iconic St Andrews Square. Along the way, you and your team will be involved in solving puzzles and completing challenges as you discover all that makes Edinburgh New Town the ‘Athens of the North’. So put down the whisky, lace up your boots and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your New Town Quest. This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

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What people are saying about Princes Street Gardens

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2.1
(19 reviews)

Very professional team across the whole operation. Staff extremely friendly and helpful, on-board guides were very knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting. Transport was very clean and always on-time. Highly recommended

Good tours, we didn't go on the green bus, as the route was only slightlg different from the red bus, but it did have a human guide on and you didn't need earphones to get the commentary.

it was straightforward to book online and a wonderful bus tour I would recommend everyone to book on the Edinburgh bus tour great value for money and a great day out

Excellent guide and excellent knowledge. Unbeatable routes and places of interest. I would propose a lower price and leave more open to tips.

Steuart was a great guide. Very personable and authentic way to tell the history of Edinburgh. Highly Recommended!