Dear guests,

During the following weeks, our tours (except the Pub Crawl) will temporarily be starting a little further up the Royal Mile; right in front of the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant (130 High Street, Royal Mile - Edinburgh, EH1 1QS). Please keep an eye out for the guides with the red SANDEMANs’ umbrella.

Thank you for your understanding.
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This week's New Town Tours:

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2:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Starbucks, Tron Kirk
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Starting Point

The New Town Tour starts in front of Starbucks Coffee on High Street by Tron Kirk. Just look for the team in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!
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This 2.5-hour* walking tour covers:

  • The world’s oldest Masonic Lodge and other secret societies
  • The campaign to abolish slavery
  • Why the entire area of Edinburghs New Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Major inventions during the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Sir Walter Scott and the colourful visit of King George IV.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • James Braidwood and the world’s first fire service
  • John Knoxx and the educational revolution
  • The Ross Fountain and Princes Street Gardens

…and much more!

If you traveled back in time to 1850, you would recognise life in Edinburgh, but if you went back to 1750, you very likely wouldn’t.  What happened in those 100 years that not only changed the face of Scotland, but indeed the world?

This period in Scottish history influenced the golden era of the Enlightenment like no other.  Edinburgh had the highest literacy rate in the world and was the place that Sir Walter Scott, John Knoxx and Alexander Graham Bell called home. It also was the birthplace of seminal inventions like the telephone, anaesthesia and even the world's first fire brigade. 

 

Children (13 or under) accompanied by an adult can join the New Town Tour for free.

*Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!

Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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