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Secrets of the Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle

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1 hr 30 mins - 2 hrs 15 mins
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Discover the spellbinding beauty of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile that runs all the way through the city’s Old Town. Listen to your expert guide narrate true stories of the capital’s dramatic past and (if you have chosen it as an option), skip the lines to enter the imposing Edinburgh Castle!


  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn about royalty, writers, philosophers and everyday Edinburgh folk through the centuries
  • See the Camera Obscura, the Scotch Whisky Experience and the Storytelling Centre along the way
  • Include skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle to add to your experience


  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour of the Royal Mile
  • Skip-the-line entry into Edinburgh Castle (optional)
  • Wireless audio system with headphones (optional)


  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks

flexible cancellation policy

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

your experience

Wandering around Edinburgh’s Old Town can easily make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. History was made here, after all - at the very wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Scotland’s capital city. With an expert guide by your side, uncover another side of Edinburgh’s colorful history that includes characters like Mary, Queen of Scots, grave robbers Burke and Hare and even Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal Skye Terrier who sat by his master’s grave for 14 years until his own death in 1872.

Upgrade your experience by adding a skip-the-line entry into Edinburgh Castle to your ticket. Dark and imposing, the Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, worn by Mary, Queen of Scots for her coronation. It is also known for its Stone of Destiny that was used to anoint Scottish kings, and Mons Meg, a 15th-century cannon.

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Important Information

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear
  • You can bring your own headphones or earphones to use with the audio system. It’s a standard 3.5 mm audio jack


  • Low Season (1 Nov - 31 Mar)
    Daily at 10 AM

  • High Season (Apr - 31 Oct)
    Daily at 10 AM and 1 PM


  • 2 hr 15 min including Edinburgh Castle
  • 1 hr 30 min excluding Edinburgh Castle

Discounted Tickets

Ages 4yrs and below go free. Ages 5-15yrs and seniors aged 65yrs and above enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID)

This experience has the following options:

  • Secrets of the Royal Mile: Excluding Edinburgh Castle
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile: Including Edinburgh Castle

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 (High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom)
  • This is easily accessible from St. Gile’s Cathedral
  • To locate the meeting point on Google Maps, simply search for - Mercat Cross
    Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

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


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