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Castle Rock, Edinburgh

Castle Rock, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle: Guided Walking Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Edinburgh Castle: Guided Walking Tour with Entry Ticket

Discover the home of Mary Queen of Scots on this guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle. Admire the 16th-century Great Hall where parties and feast took place. Learn about the bloody history of the kings and queens who lived in this castle.  Meet your guide and walk to Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city skyline from its seat on the extinct volcano of Castle Rock. Stroll on the castle's promenade and hear about the the origins and sieges of the castle. View where the Royal Military Tattoo is performed. Enter the castle and make your way to the three museums and two prisons. Go to the National Monument to the fallen of Scotland and a canine cemetery. See the oldest building in the city at the Chapel of Saint Margaret. Be captivated by the grandeur of the Great Hall and a Royal Palace. After the tour you will have time to explore all of the buildings inside the castle until its closure.

Edinburgh Castle: Guided Tour with Live Guide

2. Edinburgh Castle: Guided Tour with Live Guide

Begin your tour by the statue of Adam Smith on the Royal Mile. Walk towards Edinburgh Castle as your guide sets the scene, explaining the significance of the Castle and mentioning some of the key characters who have helped shape it. Once inside, let your guide walk you through the Castle complex. Hear their in-depth knowledge of the Castle's main buildings and attractions, including the Argyle Battery and One O'clock Gun, the Hospital Square and Western Panorama. See the Castle dungeons and military prison, the Black Banquet and Thomas Randolph's daring castle raid. Encounter St Margret's Chapel, Mons Meg, the Crown Square, and The Honors of Scotland. After the tour, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore the castle museums (not accessible during the tour).

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

3. 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 Castle: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

4. Edinburgh Castle: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Standing on Castle Rock, an extinct volcano cut to its hard basalt core in the Ice Age, Edinburgh Castle overlooks the Old Town that nestles in its shadow. Enter Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction and learn about one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Your guide will tell you stories of the kings, queens, lovers and soldiers that lived, for better or worse, behind the fortress walls. Despite its seemingly impenetrable defenses, the castle’s past is riddled with dramatic conquests, captures and tales of destruction. By contrast, today it is one of the quietest places in Edinburgh, far above the city’s busy streets. In addition to panoramic city views, see the Crown Jewels of Scotland, including the legendary Stone of Destiny, the Great Hall, the infamous dungeons, and the enormous Mons Meg cannon. Discover why it’s the only place in the world to host a graveyard for dogs, and be mesmerized by the smallest shrine you’ve ever seen.

Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. 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.

Edinburgh: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

6. Edinburgh: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

Make the most of your time in Edinburgh with a smartphone tour. Take advantage of the unique navigation function which suggests plenty of walking routes to explore. Tune into the audio commentary to hear about tourist hotspots. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city, as you approach iconic landmarks. View the imposing Edinburgh Castle perched on Castle Rock. Admire the palace where the Queen spends a week every summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarchy. Head to the Scott Monument, a Victorian Gothic monument dedicated to the author Sir Walter Scott.  Have the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you wish. Pinpoint your favorite sights and source the best photo hotspots.

Edinburgh: Must-See In App Audio Tour

7. 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: Self-Guided Old Town Walking Tour Smartphone App

8. Edinburgh: Self-Guided Old Town Walking Tour Smartphone App

Embark on a self-guided exploration of Edinburgh, delving into the city’s majestic landmarks and hidden gems. Download a handy audio guide to your smartphone and admire sites like the John Knox House, St Giles' Cathedral, and Edinburgh Castle at your own pace. Begin your journey atop Calton Hill, with its unparalleled views, before strolling down to the historic Royal Mile, linking Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Pass the John Knox House and hear about the intriguing story of one of Scotland's most notable historical figures. Admire the sight of St Giles' Cathedral, with its stunning Gothic architecture, which stands as a testament to Scotland's religious history. Admire the views of Edinburgh Castle, the imposing fortress on Castle Rock which is an iconic symbol of Edinburgh. Learn about its fascinating history and importance to the city. Continue through Grassmarket Square, once the site of public executions and now a lively area known for its pubs, shops, and cafes. Finally, visit the Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn about a peaceful yet poignant part of Edinburgh's history.

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This tour was excellent. Super easy to find the tour guide and get the tour started. Jen, my guide was incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the castle providing additional information about the current political and historical setting of different parts of the castle. she should be praised for her knowledge and ability to answer all questions. This tour is shorter than advertised around 1.5 hours, when originally I thought it was 2 hours. However the tour included unlimited access for the castle for the entire day.

Very informative, Richard our guide was great, made the tour very enjoyable. Would recommend doing this trip.

Fiona took us back to the history of the castle along with some fun jockes. Overall experience was amazing.

we rhought the fuide was very very good. she made everything interesting and funny

The tour was great! So much cool information and a witty guide!