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City Chambers High Street | City Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, Scotland
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Excellent tour of Edinburgh - not to be missed!

We wanted to find out more about Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Old Town so took this 2 hour free tour... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
travellingaddict88
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A fantastic way to see Edinburgh

This was a great way to start our visit to Edinburgh. Great overview of the history, geography, and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Henry P
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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: 1-2 hours
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City Chambers High Street | City Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We wanted to find out more about Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Old Town so took this 2 hour free tour and we were so impressed! Our local tour guide, Gladys, was really friendly and had such an in depth knowledge of the area and its...More

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Management response:Responded 27 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to respond so positively to your tour. It is great for us to know how much our efforts are appreciated.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

This was a great way to start our visit to Edinburgh. Great overview of the history, geography, and culture of the city. Our guide, Richard, had endless interesting stories and tailored the tour to our interests. And it's all free. Really. We gave a donation...More

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Management response:Responded 27 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour and for your comments

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

I needed more input on the history of this marvellous city in addition to enjoying the festival. I took the two hour walk on Tuesday 15th August at 10am - good time to do this before the streets are crowded. Our guide was an ex...More

Thank Linda D
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Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to respond and for your positive comments. Such recommendations really do help encourage all our expert local guides in promoting our wonderful city.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 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
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Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

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.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

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

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Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

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.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 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.

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Management response:Responded 15 August 2017

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

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

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

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Management response:Responded 10 August 2017

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

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

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

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Management response:Responded 11 August 2017

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.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

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

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Management response:Responded 7 August 2017

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

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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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