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John Knox House Tours and Activities

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The medieval John Knox House is one of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Knox, a prominent Reformation leader, is thought to have lived here in the 16th century, and the building now hosts tours chronicling the life of Knox and the houses’ other famous resident, James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots.

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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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$69.47
per group
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$69.47
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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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$22.45
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$22.45
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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.81
Price varies by group size
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$25.81
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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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$22.45
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$22.45
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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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$414.00
per group
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$414.00
per group
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Feast your senses on the diverse cuisine of Edinburgh during a private food tour that allows you to tailor your itinerary according to personal tastes. As well as receiving undivided attention from a private guide, you’ll discover eateries and restaurants that you may otherwise have missed, and collect food recommendations for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.44
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$116.44
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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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$42.10
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$42.10
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

We’ve got the best seats in town! This tour is the number one way to explore Scotland’s Capital. Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our city tour, including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile (or as we locals call it, The High Street!), Dynamic Earth, The National Museum, Greyfriars’s Bobby, Grassmarket and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 28 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.03
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$14.03
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Old Edinburgh Walking Tour

Old Edinburgh Walking Tour

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Edinburgh's Old Town has a long and eventful past. Explore the area within the Old City Walls. Hear stories of our city's character, some real and some fictional. Walk Through the Closes and discover many hidden gems with a sprinkle of Harry Potter and Outlander too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.05
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$21.05
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Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

The Highlands is the epitome of Scotland. Big skies, sparkling countryside, great food, friendly people and the Scottish Highlands. A natural playground that begs to be explored, with the finest and most romantic castles. Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland where hundreds of years of history unite an unforgettable world-class city. The magnificent architecture of the city is shifting from the enclosures of the medieval Old City to the grace of the new Georgian City. Above all, Edinburgh Castle stands with its magnificent splendour. Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a compact and lively town but home to the world's largest arts festival. Glasgow is true heaven with excellent food, drinks and unforgettable experiences as well. The lush and beautiful land is full of green areas, evergreen forestry of the Highlands with their sweeping mountains and deep “lochs”, and its compact wildlands, the islands with lots of beautiful beaches and vast views. Oh, what views!
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,413.57
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$1,413.57
Price varies by group size
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Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

The Highlands is the epitome of Scotland. Big skies, sparkling countryside, great food, friendly people and the Scottish Highlands. A natural playground that begs to be explored, with the finest and most romantic castles. Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland where hundreds of years of history unite an unforgettable world-class city. The magnificent architecture of the city is shifting from the enclosures of the medieval Old City to the grace of the new Georgian City. Above all, Edinburgh Castle stands with its magnificent splendour. Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a compact and lively town but home to the world's largest arts festival. Glasgow is true heaven with excellent food, drinks and unforgettable experiences as well. The lush and beautiful land is full of green areas, evergreen forestry of the Highlands with their sweeping mountains and deep “lochs”, and its compact wildlands, the islands with lots of beautiful beaches and vast views. Oh, what views!
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,413.57
Price varies by group size
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$1,413.57
Price varies by group size
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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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$231.56
per group
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$231.56
per group

Reformation and Church History tour of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Reformation and Church History tour of St Andrews and Edinburgh

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Led by Bible believing Scottish Christians, we will drive you through beautiful rural Fife to St Andrews, stopping at places along the way relevant to the Reformation and Scottish Church history. We will then return to Edinburgh to visit sites of significance in the city. We are a non-profit ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Any funds remaining after direct costs are paid, are used to facilitate church planting in Scotland. Our tours are not merely sight-seeing arrangements. Our goal is to encourage you in your Christian faith, and to point out how and where the people and places you learn about honoured Jesus Christ in everything they did and how you can do the same today. Our tour guides are Bible-believing Christians who care deeply about helping to build up your faith. We are also happy to add in any other location you would like to visit within a reasonable distance. We are 5 star rated on Tripadvisor.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$505.23
per group
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$505.23
per group

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$272.74
Price varies by group size
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$272.74
Price varies by group size
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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

A Day in Medieval Edinburgh

A Day in Medieval Edinburgh

Your tour will take you on a comfortable walk in the Old Town along the famed Royal Mile. Hear stories of the murderers, geniuses, body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers. See the eerie site of witch burnings and the castle sitting high above the city on its volcanic rock, then it's down Victoria St and into the Grassmarket and up the "Candlemakers Row" to see the Greyfriars churchyard and a statue to Greyfriars "Bobby" before heading past the "Birthplace" of Harry Potter. After lunch, we continue on our walk with a visit to the High Kirk of St Giles a pre-reformation Cathedral. Further down see the former home of John Knox, the Calvanistic reformer, then it's on to the Canongate Kirk and graveyard, where Her Majesty the Queen worships when in Edinburgh. A little further down "The" Mile and sitting in the shadow of Edinburgh's extinct volcano, and across the road from the Scottish Parliament building sits Holyrood Palace & Abbey (12c).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.22
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$71.22
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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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$98.24
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$98.24
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Self-guided Discovery Walk in Edinburgh: An Obscure Adventure

Self-guided Discovery Walk in Edinburgh: An Obscure Adventure

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Just one look at Edinburgh’s intriguing cityscape hints at all the secrets beneath… Are you curious to discover them? Follow in the footsteps of an enthusiastic history buff, Chris, and seek answers to location-based riddles he created. Wandering through obscure streets, you’ll find atmospheric gardens, intriguing statues and wicked delights along the way. Even long-time locals said they were surprised with hidden spots and stories they discovered on this self-guided walk! This playful walk across Edinburgh’s Old Town sharpens your senses and encourages you to appreciate the most wonderful – and often hidden – details around you. Whether you know Edinburgh or just start exploring here, this experience gives you a perspective on discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next. There are 12 fun location-based riddles to solve on this route. You can fully enjoy this experience of connecting with the city while staying in your own group.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.66
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$29.66
per group

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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$119.29
per group
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$119.29
per group
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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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$134.95
Price varies by group size
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$134.95
Price varies by group size
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Semi-Private Edinburgh City Walking Tour with a Local Expert Guide

Semi-Private Edinburgh City Walking Tour with a Local Expert Guide

Edinburgh is one of the most ancient cities in England. Memories of the first settlement recall the Roman castrum – fortress – from which has started growing and evolving century by century. Despite time has passed by, the Medieval atmosphere of the cobblestoned streets and dark passages and alleys remains. And probably this is one of the characters that make this city unique in the world. Follow your guide in this journey through the centuries and listen to stories and legends of Edinburgh. Pass by Royal Miles, look at the amazing St. Giles Cathedral, cross the Parliament Square and reach one of the landmarks of the heart of the city: the John Know’s House – a Museum dedicated to the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Last but not the least, peek at the Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish landmark par excellence. During the tour your guide will also provide you useful tips and additional info about the Scottish culture.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.92
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since John Knox House 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 21 John Knox House tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to John Knox House costs USD 12.31. Guided John Knox House tours start around USD 12.31 per person. See all 21 John Knox House tickets and tours on Viator.
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