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Everything Edinburgh Old Town Tour

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This is a small group tour (max 25 people) that not only fills you in on the must know stories and history of Edinburgh and it's amazing characters whilst taking in some of the Old Town highlights, but it also helps you orient yourself in the Old Town, get away from the crowds to some lesser seen areas with great views and gives real local insight into places to eat and drink away from the usual tourist spots.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: 21 Grassmarket Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland

We start and end the tour in the Grassmarket. Now it's a popular area for tourists and locals to eat and drink but you will find out about how this area got it's name and the darker things that went on here back in the day that gave some of their pubs their names.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: West Bow Well, Victoria Street, Edinburgh Scotland

We will walk up the West Bow/Victoria Street, arguably Edinburgh Old Town's prettiest street and also said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. We will also point out some good local places to eat and drink here.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Deacon Brodie's Tavern, 435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT Scotland

We stop here to find out about Deacon Brodie, one of the most infamous criminals from Edinburgh's history and we will find out about the famous character he inspired for Robert Louis Stevenson.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

We will stand outside St Giles Cathedral and learn about John Knox, his links to Mary Queen of Scots and her son James which lead to the most read book of all time in English and helped seal the fate of many "witches." Find out if you could have been accused of being a witch back in the day.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

We stop at the Mercat (market) Cross, both a place for announcing news and for administering nasty punishments to those who stole from the market.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh City Chambers, 45-329 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland

See the hand prints of JK Rowling and others and find out about the statue of a horse that was used to exact some subtle revenge.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Greyfriars Bobby, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE Scotland

Find out about the little dog who became the most famous dog in Scotland and was even visited by a Queen. But how true is the story? All shall be revealed.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirk, 1 Greyfriars Place Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

Explore this intriguing graveyard that has great links to medical science, ghosts, Harry Potter and some of the greatest horror stories ever written that you never realised were inspired by one man from Edinburgh.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vennel, Edinburgh, UK

Get away from the crowds to get one of the best views of Edinburgh castle and find out about this amazing castle that sits in the centre of our majestic city and even it's links to Games of Thrones.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The White Hart Inn, 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, UK

This will be out last stop before returning to where we started, but you will find out about some notorious criminals who used to make money from unfortunate souls who used to drink there.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Although this tour is not overly strenuous, it does involve walking up some inclines and going down steps which can make it tricky for strollers or for anyone with hip/knee problems.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
2 hours

Return Details
The White Hart Inn, 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, UK

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.