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Historic Edinburgh by Night: Private Kickstart Tour with a Local


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Edinburgh is a treasure trove of historical delights. From old prisons which are the subject of local legends to the stunning architecture of St Giles’ Cathedral, there is plenty to see. Explore the city with a local storyteller and hear the tales that bring the city to life.

Start this history evening experience at the Mercat Cross. With a turbulent past, your friendly local will fill you in on all the former uses of this spot, from public executions to a place of trade to announcements from London.

Follow your host to Edinburgh’s parliament square and visit the burial site of one of the city’s most famous former residents. Then swing by the must-see cathedral and take in this architectural gem lit up in all its glory.

Head up to Edinburgh Castle which is even more spectacular when it is lit up in the evening. Then visit a historic market before stopping by one of the most haunted graveyards in Scotland, which is said to have inspired the Harry Potter series.

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Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

Swing by this historic spot which was once used for public executions. Hear all about its gruesome past from your local host

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Visit the spot where one of Edinburgh’s most infamous ‘witch hunters’ is buried and admire this architectural gem, a must-see when in Edinburgh

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Writers' Museum, Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA Scotland

Stop by the site of a former prison which is the subject of many tales. Your friendly local will share one or two with you. Also, discover a building which celebrates the work of Scottish writers with a hidden hem inside

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

Sitting on an extinct volcano this stunning and historic castle is one of the city’s unmissable sights

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Stop by a local market which was used for public executions. Take a look at The Last Drop, a pub where prisoners could enjoy a ‘last drop’ before death

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

Explore this graveyard which is known as one of the most haunted in Scotland

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

Check out one of the last remaining sections of Edinburgh’s old city walls, which marks the very east of the old city. Then mingle with the locals over a drink at one of the city’s traditional pubs.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Coffee and/or Tea - 1 alcoholic or non alcoholic local drink: beer
  • Private tour
  • Local guide

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages not listed as inclusions

1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK

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