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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
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Last updated: 15 Jul 2020
A note from Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
With an inordinate amount of historic attractions to go see, you won’t want to waste any time during your vacation in Edinburgh. Save hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of the Scottish capital’s most recognizable monuments. On a guided tour, discover secret histories and hidden details that you’d otherwise miss as you watch your guide bring the fortress’ history to life.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Save hours of waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle 
Avoid the lines and head straight inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
Learn more about the castle's history on a guided tour 
Spend free time exploring the castle independently once the tour concludes
What to expect
Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved hours of waiting time, explore the grounds of the castle and visit curiosities such as the world’s smallest shrine and a cemetery reserved exclusively for dogs. Stroll through Crown Square, see the crown jewels of Scotland, and enrich your knowledge of Scottish military history in the National War Museum. Once your tour concludes, feel free to continue exploring the castle independently at your own pace.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6785EDICAST01
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle • Local guide • Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK Your Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk (Please do not go straight to the castle). Look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK Your Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
Inclusions
Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle • Local guide • Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks
Departure details
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK Your Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk (Please do not go straight to the castle). Look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK Your Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK Your Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase.
Children (4 or under) can join the Edinburgh Castle Tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Our tour starts at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant. We don't allow guests to join after the start time, and we don't allow guests to join the tour if they don't show up in our current start point at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant.
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
No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
Most travellers can participate
Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk (Please do not go straight to the castle). Look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Edinburgh
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  • 2
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    National War Museum of Scotland
    Stop: 15 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    St. Margaret's Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Castle Terrace
    Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
    Your Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
    See address & details
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Virginia I
2 contributions
Great tour
Mar 2020
I went on both the free walking tour and castle tour with Alistair who was an awesome guide, very knowledgable about the city and Scottish history, with lots of fun and intrigue along the way.
Definitely recommend :)
Written 14 March 2020
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pabate
Naugatuck, CT14 contributions
Great tour
Mar 2020
Australian Dave was our guide and he was great. Informative, entertaining, and thoughtful - you could not ask for better. While the guides are not allowed to "go in" to any of the rooms with you the tour beautifully sets up your experience so that you go in armed with the knowledge to get the most out of the experience. I highly recommend you take the tour rather than just going to walk around the castle.
Written 12 March 2020
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Justin W
1 contribution
Must do Tour!
Mar 2020 • Couples
We took a tour with Sarah this morning and it was fantastic!! Sarah was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and funny. If anyone has a chance to take a tour with her, don’t hesitate!
Written 9 March 2020
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Cindy L
15 contributions
This tour is a must!
This tour is a must! You can visit the castle on your own but you won’t know what you are looking at or the history. Our tour guide was sooo good that people kept trying to join and listen in on our tour at the castle, she kept having to tell people that she was conducting a private tour. We highly recommend this tour!
Written 9 March 2020
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Laura W
1 contribution
Excellent
Mar 2020 • Solo
Sarah our tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She provided a fun experience.
The castle is well with the visit.
Written 7 March 2020
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Lisa
2 contributions
Interesting and filled with lots of historical facts
Feb 2020
Jule took good care of us! She brought the history of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle to life with lots of historical anecdotes. The Castle is like a small village. Jule’s stories gave us a great base so that we could go out on our own afterwards and better explore further. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Written 28 February 2020
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Niamh M
4 contributions
Excellent tour by Eva
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited Edinburgh Castle on a miserable, wet Monday afternoon but this didn’t put a dampener on our experience because Eva - our knowledgable and friendly tour guide - kept the energy up and told us all about the extraordinary history of Edinburgh Castle with a big smile. Would thoroughly recommend this tour, Eva is a great storyteller. She is from Germany but speaks better English than us Brits!
Written 25 February 2020
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Wanda J
Marietta, GA142 contributions
Interesting tour with Simon
Aug 2019
This was our 3rd day in Edinburgh and 2nd tour. Simon was our tour guide. The Fringe was going on so people were all over the place, so Simon took us some side places to avoid most of the heavy crowds. He was very informative and shared lots of information about Edinburgh, including Barry's Close, a comment or 2 about Harry Potter, the World's End restaurant. We ended up in the castle and he left us on our own. The view from the castle is one of the best I have ever seen. Absolutely breathtaking. Worth taking tour to find out some history! Thanks Simon, you were great.
Written 23 February 2020
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Kristian S
Raleigh, NC18 contributions
Great guided tour of Edinburgh Castle
Feb 2020
Greg provided us with a very entertaining tour of Edinburgh Castle. We had a fantastic time, learned a lot and were thoroughly entertained. I highly recommend the guided tour.
Written 19 February 2020
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Ewa P
2 contributions
Great trip
Feb 2020 • Solo
Interesting trip of beautiful impressing castle. Funny guide Greg didn't let us to be bored. I recommend you!
Written 19 February 2020
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Ana was brilliant storyteller!
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German Eva best and funniest tour guide!
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Eva was great!
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Free walking tour Edinburgh - always a must!
As always, an excellent introduction to the city and to get your bearings. Jule was lovely and told us stories you
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Incredibly captivating and fun
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Fiona was amazing!
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Interesting tour with a great guide
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Definitely go for this tour!
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Excellent tour
Really enjoyable tour, taking in some of the darker and lesser known history of the city. Excellent guide- very g
ellenmcgrath5
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Great way to see the city
We did the “free” walking tour of Edinburgh. Jen our tour guide was brilliant, so friendly and knew so much! Loved
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Amazing
The whole experience was amazing. Very lovely tour guide. I can't remember their name. But their surname was brown.
bethkp99
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Jules was an amazing guide, 10/10 would recommend
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212loish
212loish
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Great way to know more about the city
Australian David was our tour guide, he was knowledgeable, funny and gave a great tour. Will return.