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Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides Association

High Street | City Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, Scotland
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Outstanding tour of Edinburgh!

I was in town for a job interview and wanted to learn more about the city. The tour guide, Richard... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michelle M
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Fort Myers, Florida
via mobile
Old Town tour with Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides

What an excellent historical tour of the Royal Mile! Mike who was our tour guide, made every one... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
middleagedoe
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Walking tours of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile run by expert local guides. During the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, tours run twice per day and are completely free with no need to book in advance. Tours can also be arranged at other times of the year for a small fee. Small groups (typically 6 - 8 people per tour).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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High Street | City Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was in town for a job interview and wanted to learn more about the city. The tour guide, Richard, was so knowledgable and friendly and gave a fantastic tour of the city with an in depth knowledge of the history of the city. And...More

Thank Michelle M
Management response:Responded yesterday

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour with us and for the kind words. We hope your interview went well and you will be spending more time in our fabulous city.

Reviewed 3 days ago

What an excellent historical tour of the Royal Mile! Mike who was our tour guide, made every one feel welcome and inclusive and also conversed fluently in French with a couple who were on the tour. Mike was so knowledgeable on the history and personalities...More

Thank middleagedoe
Management response:Responded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to review our tour and for your kind words and recommendations. All our guides take great pride in showing off our magnificent city to all our visitors.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour! Very culturally enriching and highly entertaining. Our guide Christine was fantastic and provided us with an excellent insight into the key sights of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Would highly recommend this walking tour.

Thank Erika V
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

many thanks for taking the time to review our tour and for the positive remarks

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really enjoyable walking tour of the. Our excellent guide, Ann, tailored our walk to our interests and timing (to get on to the next Fringe event). She was well informed about her City, giving accurate historical information, spiced with stories of the folk who...More

Thank sparky504
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

thank you so much for taking the time to review and for your positive comments.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Royal Mile Tour a few days before the Festival began (small fee). It was on the day of our arrive from overseas, so we were quite tired. I think our guide had difficulty reading his audience, and we probably weren't the most...More

Thank marytini
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to review your tour and for your comments. As you discovered Edinburgh's Old Town involves some cardio vascular exercise but is well worth the effort.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken advantage of this free tour from the city chambers for a number of years and always enjoyed it. It is a 2 hour walking tour of the crowded High Street and all the varied guides bring their own perspective to the many...More

Thank Polyana63
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. Our members are proud to show off our magnificent city

Reviewed 12 November 2016

I'm terribly sorry Mr Melvin (one must always address teachers so! =D) it's taken me this long to write a review but hopefully the fact that I haven't forgotten shows how memorable your guidance was. Mr Melvin is full of great insight and knowledge about...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were in Edinburgh for 4 days ,I had read about the Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides association in Rick Steve's book .We took the Royal mile tour with 2 diff agencies and were keen on a New town walk which very few were offering ,I...More

1  Thank SFM60
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our guide, John, created an excellent experience telling the story of the "Royal Mile". He cleverly and entertainingly brought the New Town in to his tour. The two hours passed without us realising.

Thank ADMG1976
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Learnt about the walking tour during the Fringe festival. Mike, our guide, was quite knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic about the city & its history. Helped us appreciate the Royal Mile a wee bit more!

Thank PradnyaJadhav
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