Guided tour

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

From US$ 41.82 per person

This engaging castle tour enables you to skip the line into Scotland's most iconic fortification. The 90-minute tour in English will cover the 3,000-year history of Edinburgh Castle and the significant role it has played in shaping Scotland.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Save time with a speedy skip-the-line entry
  • Visit all of the most important sights in the Castle complex with your expert guide
  • Learn many of the Castle's hidden histories before setting off to explore yourself
Full description
The tour begins 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. As you reach the Castle complex your guide will share skip-the-line passes, giving you direct access to Scotland's most visited paid attraction.  Once inside your guide will walk you through the Castle complex sharing their in-depth knowledge of all the Castle's main buildings and attractions, including, but not limited to, the Argyle Battery and One O'clock Gun, the Hospital Square and Western Panorama, the Castle dungeons and military prison, the Black Banquet and Thomas Randolph's daring castle raid, St Margret's Chapel, Mons Meg, the Crown Square and The Honors of Scotland. Please note that whilst the tour guide will walk you around the castle grounds and take you through the 3,000 yeas worth of castle history, they cannot take you into any of the castle museums. When the tour ends, you will be left to explore the various castle buildings and museums at your own leisure - hopefully with more knowledge than if you had simply arrived on your own!
  • Entrance ticket
  • Skip-the-line entry into the castle
  • Guided tour
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Outside Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile beside the statue of Adam Smith, 192 High Street, EH1 1RF. Look for the green and white umbrellas. This tour does not depart from the castle.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • Bags with a volume larger than 30L are not allowed into Edinburgh Castle and there is no locker space for luggage
    • "Scotland has two seasons, June and winter!" - Billy Connolly. This tour takes place outside so please dress appropriately for the glorious Scottish climate
    • Please note that children aged 15 and under will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 407 reviews

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    Having planned the Edinburgh castle visit in the last day of our 5 days Edinburgh trip, we had learned already a lot about Scotland history in our previous day’s tours, of Sterling castle, Rosslyn Chapel and walking tour of Edinburgh with an Usher house descendant. Nevertheless, Isabela our guide was a fountain of facts, legends and a born storyteller. Her presentation was really inspiring, it was a great experience!

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    December 13, 2021

    Entertaining commentary. Our guide was obviously passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable about the Castle and it’s history. He delivered the information in a lighthearted way, giving us plenty of time to take photos, and good advice on what to see within the castle when the tour came to an end. Would definitely recommend.

    November 1, 2021

    Our guide was excellent with a fantastic sense of humor and lots of knowledge. This is more like an overview of the castle as the tour is outside. The guide talks about all of the buildings and makes recommendations for what to go back and see for ourselves after the tour. The tour itself was a perfect set up for later viewing of parts of the castle. Great 1.5 hours - well worth the money.

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    October 24, 2021

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