Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

City of Edinburgh Tours

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What You'll Get


The tour begins outside our ticket office in the epicentre of the Royal Mile where your guide will welcome you and provide a general introduction to Edinburgh and its history. Be sure to ask about the story behind our ticket office which was a former police box! Then your guide will lead you onto South Bridge where you will spend the next half hour underground travelling through our section of underground street. Hear how and why South Bridge was constructed and examine the eighteenth-century bridge arches and stonework from the former houses along the former street. Get a very real sense as to what it was like for an ordinary person to live in this age-old metropolis.  

Next, the tour returns above ground to Royal Mile and you will journey through the “lower” half of the Old Town towards Holyrood Palace, visiting its half hidden yet beguiling closes wynds and courts. Get to know the incredible occurrences which shaped the city’s development such as devastating fires, collapsing stone buildings and bloody sieges. Learn who was the real-life inspiration for the fictional characters Robinson Crusoe, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. 

For the final portion of the tour, travel around the stunning Canongate Kirkyard. This beautiful almost 400-year-old church has extensive royal connections, not just with the twelfth-century Scottish monarch David I but also the House of Stuart and even the modern House of Windsor. Amongst those buried inside the graveyard is Adam Smith the intellectual godfather of capitalism as well as literary muses for Robert Burns – Scotland’s national bard. The tour ends outside Canongate Kirkyard on the Royal Mile, but your guide will happily lead you back to the ticket office where the tour began.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No children under 5 years old. 
    One flight of stairs entering and leaving the underground.
Inclusions
  • . 90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.

    . Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide. 

    . Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.

    . Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.

    . Access to our exclusive section of underground.

    . For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!



Exclusions
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Departure Point
Located in the city centre of Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile. You will see our ticket office (a former police box) outside Starbucks.

Departure Time
2pm daily.

Duration
90 minutes

Return Details
Tour ends at Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile, the guide can lead you back to the starting point.

Voucher Info
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The Fine Print


14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.

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