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Treasures of the Old Town with Palace of Holyroodhouse

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1 hr 45 mins
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On this guided walking tour, you will discover precious secrets and hidden treasures of the Old Town. Also included is an optional visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh.

Highlights

  • Discover lesser-known secrets as you walk through the ancient, picturesque burgh of the Canongate
  • An English-speaking guide will captivate you with stories narrated in rich, engaging detail
  • Saunter down hidden closes and gardens of the Royal Mile and unlock its ancient history
  • Choose to add a visit to the Holyrood Palace, the royal family's official residence in Scotland
  • Be privy to dramatic tales that unfolded within the Palace’s walls
  • Explore the lavish state apartments and the melancholic remains of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey
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Your Experience

On this tour, you will embark upon a path that is often missing from history books and bus routes. Stroll down the serene closes of the Royal Mile alongside a guide gifted with the art of storytelling. As you make your way through the cobbled alleyways of Canongate, you will hear of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite rising. You will also 'meet' the sickly poet, Robert Fergusson, who served as the primary inspiration to renowned Robert Burns. On this tour, you’ll discover that romance and intrigue cling to every little thing along the way, even in the architecture, literature, crime, and politics, to the very doorstep of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

After Canongate, you can opt to enjoy free time to explore the stately Palace of Holyroodhouse, but not first without receiving a colorful introduction from your guide. Spend time marveling at the 14 magnificent state apartments and the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey. The palace was the setting for many unfortunate events centered around the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. Learn all this and more during your time here.

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Inclusions

  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • English-speaking guide
  • Access to the hidden treasures of the Royal Mile
  • Meet historic characters
  • Entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks
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Know Before You Go

Ticket Information

The ticket includes the following variants that you can choose from:

  • Excluding Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Including Palace of Holyroodhouse

Discounted Tickets

Children aged 5 - 15, students, and senior citizens above 60 enjoy reduced pricing on their tickets

Dates and Timings

Daily at 10 AM

Tour Duration: 1hr 45min

Important Information

  • This tour explores the lower half of the Royal Mile
  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain
  • Children under 5, buggy’s and strollers are not permitted
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Flexible Cancellation Policy

Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 48 hours before the schedule

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My Tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point
  • If you have purchased reduced-priced tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid student IDs
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays

Meeting Point

  • Your meeting point is Mercat Cross, High Street
  • Address: High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom
  • This is easily accessible from St. Gile’s Cathedral

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Getting There

  • Closest bus stops are Market Street and South Bridge, both 3-minute walks to the meeting point
  • Closest train station is Edinburgh Waverley, a 5-minute walk to the meeting point

Validity

This ticket is valid for the date and time selected during checkout

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