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Edinburgh Castle dominates one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Set on a dead volcano, the castle is an imposing sight with its thick defensive walls. This 2-hour tour gives you an insider’s view of the city’s number one attraction, first letting you skip the line and then revealing the secrets of this fortress, from one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries to the smallest shrine in the world. Learn about the castle’s wicked and wonderful history from the guide.
Save up to two hours 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’ll greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved up to two 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.
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle
Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
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) accompanied by an adult 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 travelers can participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Our guide was very knowledgable, keep the group together and had an amazing knowledge base from with to draw on. She was able to insert personal stories and at the same time be humorous and engaging. Definitely worth it to go this way!
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There are probably numerous outlets that offer ship-to-city tours, but here's one that might be what you're looking for: Go Scotland Tours, Shore Excursions/Edinburgh. I'm not allowed to insert a link, so you may need to go... More
There are probably numerous outlets that offer ship-to-city tours, but here's one that might be what you're looking for: Go Scotland Tours, Shore Excursions/Edinburgh. I'm not allowed to insert a link, so you may need to go to the Go Scotland website and contact them directly. Or their phone is: 01315167721