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

1. 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: The Johnnie Walker Whisky Experience

2. Edinburgh: The Johnnie Walker Whisky Experience

Delve into the world of Scotch whisky with your ticket to the Journey of Flavour tour, the signature experience at Johnnie Walker Princes Street located in Edinburgh's city centre, Scotland. Rated 5* on TripAdvisor and Google and awarded 5* Visitor Attraction by Visit Scotland, this 90 minute guided tour will go beyond your expectations and is suitable for whisky fans as well as those who are new to whisky alike. Take the Johnnie Walker flavour quiz to discover your personal flavour profile so we can tailor the tour to your tastebuds. During your tour you'll experience interactive projections, live performances and 3 delicious cocktails carefully created to suit to your flavour profile. Non-alcoholic options are available. Translation cards are available for many languages on arrival.   You can also enjoy 10% discount* across products purchased in retail & drinks in our rooftop bar, with view of Edinburgh Castle on the day (T&Cs apply).

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: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

4. 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: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

5. Edinburgh: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Edinburgh. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the capital. Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing theme songs and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dance, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy). Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet!

Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

6. Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

Edinburgh The train from London's King Cross Station arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30am. Right by the station you board the open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's-eye view of this majestic city! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. You will see the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. You might want to wander through the cobbled city centre streets or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous! Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 10:30pm.

Edinburgh City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. 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: Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. Edinburgh: Sightseeing Bike Tour

Your guided bicycle city tour starts in front of the Waldorf Astoria The Caledonian Hotel at the West End of Princes Street, below the towering Edinburgh Castle. Cycle past city attractions, historical sites, breathtaking views, and natural wonders while having fun along the way. By traveling the city’s network of bike paths and quiet side roads discover the hidden gems seldom seen by the average visitor. From the canals, volcanoes, hidden tunnels, secret gardens, and beautiful beaches to industrial history, old railways, and all the interesting facts and tales therein. The experience also includes an optional stop in a cozy cafe for refreshments around the midway point, should you wish. You will be looked after by a knowledgeable and highly-trained guide, who will share stories about Edinburgh and Scotland along the route while making sure everyone is safe.

Edinburgh: Private Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

Private Discovery Tour: Edinburgh's Strange & Secret History

10. Private Discovery Tour: Edinburgh's Strange & Secret History

An ancient Celtic land of history, discover Edinburgh during this 3h walking tour. Start your visit with a breathtaking view of Castle Hill and then wander through the streets of the Old Town, discovering its history, monuments, local pubs, gossips, legends and mysteries ! Then finish your tour in the New Town and discover the secrets of the Athens of the North. Tour Highlights: Begin your exploration in Old Town and gaze upon the imposing silhouette of Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Grassmarket, a lively square with a history dating back to medieval markets. End the tour in New Town, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and city planning. Admire the symmetry of squares like St Andrew Square and the grandeur of the neoclassical buildings.

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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.

Our guide Patrick was lovely and knowledgeable, the tour was very interactive and a great value for money. We enjoyed the three included drinks too!

We had a great time and enjoyed it!! My husband always enjoys his Johnnie Walker black!

It was a fantastic experience and introduction to Scottish whiskey.

Really enjoyed our tour! Our tour guide Rose was excellent 😊