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The Canongate Tours and Activities

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The Canongate forms the eastern end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. One of the oldest and most historic streets in the city, The Canongate is home to a number of top attractions and historic buildings, including Canongate Kirk, Moray House, Canongate Tolbooth (now People’s Story Museum), and the modern Scottish Parliament.

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Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Take the guesswork out of your 'Outlander' pilgrimage on this guided walking tour that takes you to the exact locations featured in the TV series and novels. In a small group of no more than 12 people, see such sites as Jamie's printshop and the Tolbooth prison while learning from your guide about life in Edinburgh during and after the time of the Jacobite uprisings.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.34
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$70.34
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.74
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$22.74
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.59
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$19.59
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Some shore excursions can feel rigid and impersonal. Tailor your visit to your own interests on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Travel around the city and leave the bus to explore at any of the 14 designated stops, including Edinburgh Castle and Hollyrood Palace. You can get on and off the bus as often as you like in a 24-hour period.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.74
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$22.74
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Edinburgh Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

Edinburgh Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

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Discover the best that Edinburgh has to offer during this private walking tour. From the top of the Royal Mile, explore the grounds of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, home to the Crown Jewels, then make your way through Old Town Edinburgh and learn about the city’s history. After a delicious pub lunch—not included—take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, once occupied by Mary Queen of Scots.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$497.39
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$497.39
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Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.20
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

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Embrace the best that Edinburgh has to offer on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of the Royal Mile. You’ll cover everything along the famous route, starting in the Lawnmarket and following it down to Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament. Listen as your guide tells you the little-known stories of the city’s most important people and events, before returning to a central location.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.63
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$42.63
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Edinburgh's Myths & Legends by Night Private Tour

Edinburgh's Myths & Legends by Night Private Tour

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Beyond Edinburgh’s awe-inspiring gothic architecture and medieval charm lies a long history riddled with stories of hope as well as dark and depressing periods. Get to know the famous and notorious people who have left their marks in Edinburgh and discover how locals used to live centuries ago. Explore hidden sites and secret paths, and witness how dramatically the city has evolved, all with your favorite local. Experience the mysterious atmosphere at night and discover the city through your local host's storytelling. Get ready to listen to stories that will give you goosebumps and will leave you hooked and wanting for more! This private tour in Edinburgh will open your eyes to the fascinating Scottish history based on grim tales, conspiracy theories, tragedy, and local gossip. Learn how the Scots fought for their religious beliefs and endured a twelve-year-long war. From execution grounds to graveyards, you will hear many harrowing tales that played out within the old city walls.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.85
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

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Explore the Old Town of Edinburgh with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. Hear stories about the people, history, and politics that shaped the city of Edinburgh. Go for a walk along the Royal Mile and see local landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Scottish Parliament.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.48
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Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Join us for this half day tour of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Exploring the Old Town on foot, led by your local Blue Badge Guide, is the best way to soak up the local atmosphere. Starting on top of the volcanic rock, we will visit the iconic Edinburgh castle. Then we will follow the ancient path of a glacier all the way to bottom of the Royal Mile. Your guide will lead the you through narrow closes and beautiful buildings surrounding the Royal Mile, giving you the chance to discover the city’s history and its famous citizens along the way. Our tour finishes with a view of both the Royal palace of Holyrood and the modern Scottish Parliament, a fantastic introduction to the city of Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$276.18
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$276.18
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Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31
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$12.31

Small-Group Tour Royal Canongate

Small-Group Tour Royal Canongate

On your tour you will see one of the oldest churches in Scotland, with Royal connection to this day. Also, you will hear of wonderful, true stories about its creation. We will visit the resting place of one of the most famous people in the world, Adam Smith, even seeing the home he shared with his mother the last twelve years of his life. As your tour continues we will stop outside the ancient, Royal palace of Holyroodhouse. There you will learn the fascinating story behind its name. You will also see in the distance part of the ruin of Holyrood Abbey behind the Holyroodhouse. We will also stop outside the Scottish Parliament, where our elected representatives debate and decide upon the fate of the future of Scotland. Also, you will enjoy a majestic view of Arthurs Seat. This was one of two former volcanoes in Edinburgh. I will give you background to its formation and the true story of how Arthurs Seat got its name. You will also enjoy magnificent, varied architecture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.89
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Edinburgh Old Town Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh Old Town Private Walking Tour

Come and explore the history and mystery of Edinburgh's Old Town with one of our friendly knowledgeable guides. This is a Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town based on your interests. History, Harry Potter, Outlander or any other interest you have let us know. Walked at your pace with social distancing observed.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.79
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Discover Canongate and Holyrood

Discover Canongate and Holyrood

Get to know the history of Canongate, an under-looked part of the Royal Mile, through centuries, together with our knowledgable tour guide. Descend the Royal Mile, from the industrial times, back to the 16ht century and the Middle Ages, to reach the very origins of the city, Holyrood Park. Behind their name and features, the current buildings hide ancient meanings waiting only to be discovered! Why the World ends on High Street? Why there is an Italian buried at the Canongate Cemetery? And why that deer's head on top of Canongate Kirk? These and many more secrets await you. Towards the end of the tour you'll hear also about Mary Stuart and the horrid plots against her! Ending at the Holyrood Park, the geologic heart of the city, you'll have a chance to breathe and relax for the evening: a perfect ending for a perfect tour.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.48
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$99.48
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour with Guide

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour with Guide

This is a private walking tour through the Old Town of Edinburgh with a fully qualified, experienced Tourist Guide who is not only a native of this beautiful city but an expert storyteller. Entertaining and educational you will not only discover the history and see the most iconic sites of Edinburgh but also hear about the lives of some of its most colourful and significant inhabitants. The itinerary outlined is flexible and can be amended to include any special interests or requests that you may have
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$170.53
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$170.53
per group
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Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Joe

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Joe

All of our guides are qualified as Blue Badge guides, certified by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and all hold Professional Indemnity Insurance. This means they have completed 2 years of study in a number of areas including storytelling, history, architecture, literature, group management, Emergency First Aid and archaeology. Jane has a flair for bringing history to life but also noticing when you need a coffee break or a stop for some food ! All of our tours are adapted to suit your interests and needs - whether that be only a few hours or a specific interest that you have. Please get in touch for a tour tailored to your requirement. When you book, your guide contact details will be sent to you and you can agree meeting point and time.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$361.05
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Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Hugh

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Hugh

I qualified as a Blue Badge tourist guide in 2014, after 2 years of training. Since then I have shown this city where I live to hundreds of visitors, of all ages and backgrounds. As a former British diplomat, a retired ambassador, I also work in German or Spanish. I can tailor your tour to what you wish to do - the main sites, themed tours, hidden gems or a bit of a mix. . For example:- • we can head up to the castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny • Old Edinburgh: we can walk down the Royal Mile from the Castle to Holyrood House (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and the Scottish Parliament • we can admire the architecture of the New Town and hear about the people who lived there • or visit some places that are said to have inspired JK Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter • or visit the National Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery Or we can take a walk along the Water of Leith to the Dean Village or trendy Stockbridge.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$368.72
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Edinburgh half day / full day with Mike

Edinburgh half day / full day with Mike

Engage the services of a Blue Badge qualified tourist guide - we are qualified, friendly, knowledgeable and great storytellers ! We can tailor your tour to what you wish to do - the main sites, themed tours, hidden gems or a bit of a mix. Here are a few ideas :- • King of the castle - Head to the castle and hear about "the dirty wee rascals" as the rhyme goes ! • Old Edinburgh - explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site - alleys, riots, religious turmoil and academic Enlightenment • Edinburgh New Town - hear about the people who used to live there and the architectural gems of 18th century buildings and beyond • Tour some places that are said to have inspired JK Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter • Go on a guided tour of some of Edinburgh's wonderful museums and art galleries • Visit some Outlander filming locations and hear about the Jacobites in Edinburgh • Off the beaten track - a walk down the Water of Leith to trendy Stockbridge Book your guide now !
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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$361.05
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Essential Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Essential Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

What better way to acquaint yourself with the layout of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town than a private tour with your own experienced guide. In 3 hours your guide will cover all of the highlights of the Old Town as well as the hidden gems that the unwary visitor misses. Your guide will scratch under the surface of each location helping the visitor to understand why the city has such a gruesome history. Although many people think it is just about the Castle, it is much more than that. It is about the people who lived and died in the Old Town. You will hear stories of body-snatchers, of witches and the religious zealots that sent them to their deaths. We will explain how Scotland went from independent country to becoming part of the United Kingdom and its impact on Edinburgh The 18th century was a period that saw the rebirth of Edinburgh through learning and education. This period became known as the Scottish Enlightenment. Come on this tour to be entertained and enlightened.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.65
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Should I book The Canongate tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Canongate can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 19 The Canongate tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit The Canongate 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Canongate costs USD 12.31. Guided The Canongate tours start around USD 12.31 per person. See all 19 The Canongate tickets and tours on Viator.
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