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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
  • 90-minute walking tour of Royal Edinburgh
  • Hear stories of legendary Scottish royals like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Admire the historic buildings along Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Holyrood, The Queen’s official Scottish residence
  • Ideal introduction to Edinburgh for first-time visitors or those short on time
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Award-winning local storytellers
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Optional entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Departure Point

High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.

Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace.

Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life.

Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen.

Finally, bid your guide farewell and use your skip-the-line tickets to explore the Palace of Holyrood independently. Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Explore Holyrood Palace, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Hear tales of past residents including Mary, Queen of Scots.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canongate Kirk
Journey through the ancient, picturesque burgh of the Canongate.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holyrood Abbey
Storytelling.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Meander through beautiful, hidden closes and gardens.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St Giles' Cathedral
Storytelling.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercat Cross
Tour meeting point.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
Stroll and soak the atmosphere of the Royal Mile.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children over 5yrs only
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace Entry.

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star-5
Royal History Walking Tour - 5 Sep 2018
cdvale99
, Sep 2018
Simon was an outstanding guide. As I have hearing problems, I found his speaking to be interesting, and extremely clear and understandable - most guides do not come close to that.
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Historical Royal Walking Tour of Edinburgh
, Aug 2018
Excellent tour. We enjoyed Sue and she was very informative. Highly recommend this tour. We learned so much.
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Our tour guide was very...
Heather E
, Aug 2017
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Edinburgh. She took us to many historical places and explained what took place there. The entrance to Holyrood House was skip the line. Would highly recommend both tours.
star-4
Good guide, interesting. Thought the...
Elizabeth M
, Jul 2016
Good guide, interesting. Thought the walk up to the castle was going to do me in! So steep, cobblestone streets and too fast a pace for me (76 years of age with a wee bit of lung problem). You Edinborough folks must remember, some people don't walk a lot and live in flat places --Texas. E.Moore

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