Tours & activities in Edinburgh

Edinburgh New Town Tour

Travel back in time and discover the history and the people of Edinburgh's New Town

ABOUT THE Edinburgh New Town Tour

On this 3-hour walking tour you will learn about social campaigners, royal visits, and Scottish inventors. See the area's elegant Georgian homes and landmarks such as the Princes Street Gardens and Gothic Scottish National Portrait Gallery.


Your New Town Tour meets outside Frankie and Benny’s at 130 High Street and finishes by Princes Street Gardens.


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 Knox 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. 

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Your Edinburgh New Town Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk

  • The world’s oldest Masonic Lodge and other secret societies
  • Why the entire area of Edinburgh's New Town
  • 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
  • The Ross Fountain and Princes Street Gardens


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  • Local Spanish-speaking guide
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 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Due to the old streets and uneven terrain, accessing parts of Edinburgh by wheelchair can sometimes be challenging. The New Town Tour is wheelchair accessible when accompanied by a non-disabled participant
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult in order to join the tour
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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.

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