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Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour

Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour

Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest fortresses in Europe, overlooking the capital of Scotland from the top of an extinct volcano.

from £25 per person

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Tour Description .

Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest fortresses in Europe, overlooking the capital of Scotland from the top of castle rock. It is an impregnable fortress that has been used for centuries. Today it has become the most visited tourist attraction in the country, and a source of national pride.

The tour begins on the Royal Mile, the most iconic street in the city and will go up to the castle esplanade, where the guide will give an introduction to the tour before entering through the main gates.

Once inside Edinburgh Castle, the guide will take you through the different parts of the fortress and tell you its fascinating history, including Scotland’s kings and queens. Inside the complex you will find three museums, two prisons, a canine cemetery, the Chapel of Saint Margaret which is the oldest building in the city, the National Monument to the fallen of Scotland, the Great Hall and the Royal Palace.

Each building contains its own history and secrets, such as the Honors of Scotland: the Royal Crown, the scepter and the sword, which are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles.

Don't miss this unique tour of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.

Exploration with a Guide

Edinburgh Castle stands as a fortified citadel comprised of over 20 structures. The guided tour unfolds within the citadel, with our guides leading you through the intricate network of buildings, providing a captivating journey through history. While our guides won't physically take you inside the buildings due to their size, they will offer detailed explanations covering everything you need to know about the structures and their historical significance. Equipped with this comprehensive knowledge, your entry ticket, upon completing the tour, grants you the freedom to explore the castle grounds and visit any buildings or monuments that captured your interest at your own pace.

Adult(aged 16 - 64) + Ticket
Concession(aged 65+) + Ticket
Child (aged 7 - 15) + Ticket
Infant Under 6 (aged 0 - 6)
Adult(aged 16 - 64) + Without Ticket
Senior(aged 7 - 15) + Without Ticket
Child(aged 7 - 15) + Without Ticket

Ticket to Edinburgh Castle

If you opt for the 'Tour without Tickets' during the booking process, please ensure that you've independently purchased your entry ticket before the scheduled event. This choice is exclusively designed for individuals who have previously acquired a castle ticket or the Explorer Pass, allowing them to maximize their Edinburgh Castle experience by joining one of our knowledgeable guides for an in-depth tour inside the castle. This option is not suitable for those solely interested in exploring the exterior, as the tour will only briefly linger outside the castle walls. Confirm that your ticket is valid for the same time and day as your booked tour with us. To avoid any disappointment, we recommend securing your ticket well in advance, especially during peak seasons.

It is important to note that without the attainment of a castle ticket, we will not be able to grant you permission to join us on one of our tours.

Additional Details .

Free Cancellation: 24 hours before the start of the activity.

Access: Backpacks larger than 30L are not allowed. The castle does not have lockers to store luggage.

Itinerary .

Important: On this tour you will be guided around Edinburgh castle, with specific stops assigned by the castle authorities. No tour company is authorized to guide inside the buildings. After the tour you will have time to explore all of the buildings inside the castle until its closure.

  • Meeting Point - 351 High Street (Royal Mile)
  • Castle Esplanade
  • Edinburgh Castle
Approximate time

The approximate duration of the tour is:1h 30min

Meeting Point .

351 High Street

Will meet at 351 High Street (Royal Mile), opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral with BLACK UMBRELLA

Would you prefer a Private Tour?

If you would like an experience tailored to you, we offer personalized packages with a variety of options. You can choose the duration of the tour, focus on specific aspects of the city’s history, and explore the locations that are of interest to you.

Private tour

From £25

What they think about this tour.

laura garvie09 | 04 | 2023

Jen’s extensive knowledge of history, passion for her subject and her quirky sense of humour made her the perfect guide for our tour of Edinburgh castle

geany b271208 | 04 | 2023

Thank you Jen for a fantastic tour of Edinburgh castle, loved the rich historical details and witty jokes.

Sarah (Lemon Drop)01 | 04 | 2023

Sabi was absolutely amazing. I loved this tour and her explanations were great. I very much recommend this!

Johnjoe Jones01 | 04 | 2023

Sabi was great in the castle tour in Edinburgh and made it very fun in the way she informed us of the history of the castle and Scotland

anne Nourry29 | 03 | 2023

I did 2 tours with Scotland City tour : the free one with Jule and the Edinburgh castle rock with Melanie. It was very instructive as well as funny. Thanks for these magical moments

Grace Epperson26 | 03 | 2023

Sabi is the best storyteller ever! The castle tour was so amazing, informative and fun!

Ariana Marginean24 | 03 | 2023

Had Lovely time with our guide Sarah, a passionate guide that enjoyed bringing us around. She made sure no one is left behind and included the participants in the tour. Great work, well done, Sarah, you are amazing!

reece camron24 | 03 | 2023

Sarah was a high energy tour gauid with tons of intreasting facts and stories well worth the cost to visit the castle and the tour

Arcterion19 | 03 | 2023

We booked the walking guide tour for the Edinburgh castle and our guide Melanie Boyd was kind enough to wait for us. It's our first time in Edinburgh so we got lost but she accommodated us even though we were late. Melanie was very informative and absolutely hilarious! We loved having her as our guide. We learned a lot about Edinburgh Castle and Scottish history thanks to her and we had so much fun. Much love from the Philippines!

Annette H08 | 03 | 2023

Super cool tour with a fabulous guide! We had Melanie and she was very knowledgeable and funny!! She had us laughing and we learned so much history about not only the castle, but of Scotland as well!

FoodandLaw06 | 03 | 2023

Had a great time walking around the Edinburgh Castle with our tour guide, Raj peppering the walk with some interesting stories dating back centuries!! Definitely recommend!

BlueKevinXVI02 | 03 | 2023

Had an excellent tour with Melanie. If you’re planning on visiting Edinburgh Castle I’d recommend booking this tour. Melanie was very passionate and knowledgeable on the castle and the history of Edinburgh.