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Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Our top-rated walking tour of the iconic Edinburgh Castle includes skip-the-line entrance

ABOUT THE Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Join an expert local guide for a 1.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the iconic Edinburgh Castle! Visit the must-see sites inside the castle walls, hear the extraordinary tales of defense and conquest, and enjoy the spectacular views across Edinburgh and South East Scotland.


Your Edinburgh Castle Tour meets outside Frankie and Benny’s at 130 High Street and finishes inside the castle grounds.


A Scottish national treasure

Your expert local guide will begin by walking you up the Royal Mile, the only way to access the otherwise impenetrable Edinburgh Castle. No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting the castle, but its popularity has grown so much in recent years that getting tickets has become much harder. Luckily, your ticket for the SANDEMANs NEW Edinburgh Castle Tour not only includes a ticket, but also skip-the-line entrance!

A proud and bloody history

Perched on top of the extinct volcano Castle Rock, this dramatic setting means the Edinburgh Castle has seemingly impenetrable cliffs on three sides. Yet this castle, one of the oldest continuously habited castles in the world, has been conquered several times throughout history, and parts of it have even been destroyed. Your tour guide will bring all of these incredible stories to life, while showing you the must-see sites like Mons Meg Cannon and the National War Museum and War Memorial.

Find the must-see sites, or stay a little longer

With your Edinburgh Castle tour, your expert guide will ensure that you don’t miss any of the crucial elements of the castle, however, your ticket for the castle allows you to stay right through to closing time, so if you want to continue to explore the many memorials and museums that exist within Scotland’s number one tourist attraction, you’re more than welcome to do so!

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Your Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in the Old Town*, in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk

*Please keep in mind that the meeting point is NOT by the castle

  • Discover the National War Museum and War Memorial
  • Visit St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh
  • Hear the incredible true story of the Stone of Destiny
  • Learn about the bloody battles with the English, and Scottish Independence
  • See the still-working Mons Meg Cannon


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the castle
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 1.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult in order to join the tour
  • Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle ticket is only valid on the day of purchase
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 15 pay £21, children under the age of 5 join free
  • Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
  • No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
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Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

Where the famous FREE Tour gives you a good overview of the city, the themed select tours give you a more in-depth look at some of the most fascinating periods or neighbourhoods of Edinburgh.

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Edinburgh's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

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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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