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  • Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

    1. Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

    As you weave your way through the World of Illusions, remember nothing is as it seems. Venture through 5 floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions. Start at the rooftop terrace and enjoy 360-degree views of Edinburgh. Get closer to the sights using the range of telescopes and binoculars. Then join your guide inside the Victorian rooftop chamber to see Edinburgh as never before. Discover the Camera Obscura, a live moving image of Edinburgh projected through a periscope, while listening to a fascinating account of the city’s history. Make your way down through 5 floors of interactive displays and clever illusions. Discover a swirling light vortex, a maze of mirrors, get the chance to swap noses with a friend, see yourself grow, shrink and stretch, and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects. 

    My partner and I have never been to a place like this so it was really interesting! There’s different mirrors, tools and illusions to explore. The only negative for us was that the staff didn’t stagger people coming in, which made every room feel very busy and made you feel as though you had to rush to allow the next people to look, which I would have thought during covid times would be more so! However, the overall experience was good and a great way to have a bit of fun and kill time. The view at the top is amazing!

  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    2. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

    These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.

    The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

    Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stori...

    Really good guide, unfortunately cannot remember his name but I think a career in stand up beckons!

  • Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket

    3. Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket

    During her 40 years of service, The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed a million miles on a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Book your ticket to tour this top British attraction. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, Britannia is a fascinating 5-star visitor attraction. A free handset tour (available in 30 languages) takes visitors round 5 decks at a leisurely pace and provides a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of the British Royal Family. Highlights of the tour include the fabulous State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms, the relaxing Sun Lounge, life below decks in the Sick Bay and Laundry and the gleaming Engine Room. Enjoy stunning waterfront views and waiter service in the Royal Deck Tea Room, with a menu of delicious cakes, scones, soups, and sandwiches made on board in the original Royal Galley. The majority of items on view are original...

    Great two hours exploring this fantastic yacht’s history. The headset information was enlightening and super clear. We had a great lunch in the restaurant enhanced by the the waiters and waitresses. A must to do if you visit Edinburgh.

  • Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    4. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.

    Great tour, lots of information and humour and fairly enjoyed. Also a few spooks along the way. Fascinating city with a fascinating history

  • Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    5. Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

    A very interesting and informative tour.It was a lovely day weatherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    6. Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    Join this 75-minute tour of Edinburgh for the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!

    Darren the tour guide is the best guide I have ever come across anywhere in the world! The knowledge he has and the way he presents the tour is amazing!

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

    7. 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: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    8. Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup from the meeting point, relax on your group’s bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary.

    Your first stop is Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. If you’ve ever asked yourself what a ‘hairy coo’ is, this is a real treat. 

    Next, travel up the road to Glencoe. Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop here as the unforgettable Highland views wow you.

    Lunch is then in Fort William, where your guide can advise you on where’s best to eat. If interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.

    Best of all, customize your experience at Loch Ness with perso...

    It was really amazing. The tour guide (Neil) was very accommodating and most importantly, he is very informative about the places that we're going to. It was a smooth sailing tour and would recommend it to my friends as well.

  • Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

    9. Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

    Embark on an interactive chocolate experience, from chocolate tree to Scottish chocolate bar with an expert guide. Smell the roasting chocolate and see how chocolate is transformed from bitter beans to sweet, smooth chocolate. See real chocolate fruit and taste chocolate samples at different stages of the production process. In the Chocolate Kitchen, choose your own bar design, select your favorite flavors and create your own personalized bar, ready to collect at the end of your tour. While you are waiting for your chocolate bar to cool, take a seat in the Tasting Room. Here, learn about Scottish chocolate makers, sample fine single-origin chocolate, have a cup of hot cacao tea and choose your favorite chocolates to try from rows of chocolate tasting jars.

    Such a great time. I learned a lot and it was really cool to see the different origins of chocolate

  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    10. 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.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,976 reviews

Do it! Honestly I booked this tour under duress. My son wanted to look for Nessie (eye roll) and I didn't want to spend all that time on the bus. But the hours on the bus passed very quickly. Stuart, our tour guide and driver, was a very erudite and entertaining host. He talked about films, music, books and history and geography in a very interesting and low key way. And of course we get to get off the bus to see a very beautiful part of the world. I really recommend it.

Rory your a legend, absolutely loved this tour! Great history lessons fantastic views and funny jokes. Would definitely book again next year with this company.

I had fun with the tour.Andrew,our tour guide was a great storyteller.He made the long trip so much fun. Overall,it was a good value for money.

Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .

Andrew J and Jim were amazing, very funny they made the experience enjoyable!!