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Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Product ID: 156135
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.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

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
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 328 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Visited Edinburgh Castle with my two children plus a New Zealand exchange student staying with us - weather was “properly Scottish” but energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and all-around entertainment value of Greg as a guide blew away any complaints about cold and snow!! Simply excellent from start to finish and the humorous way Greg told the history even kept three children aged 12,13 and 14 engaged!!

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19 February 2020

A fantastic guided tour. Our guide, John, was incredibly friendly, engaging, knowledgeable and funny! We learnt so much about the history of Scotland and the castle itself; information we would have missed out on without the guided tour. I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anybody visiting Edinburgh.

25 November 2019

This tour price included the entrance ticket to the castle as well as the guided tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the castle as well as Scottish history. We signed up for it as we had no background in Scottish history and I felt the tour guide gave us enough history to better appreciate what we were seeing at the castle. I felt that we enjoyed the castle more by taking this tour than if we just went by ourselves.

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6 November 2019

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Little Fish Tours

Product ID: 156135