Guided tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 24.69 per person

We think the best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you, and the guide books don’t show you is where our city’s stories lie – the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Join the original and most popular history tour in Edinburgh
  • Take a unique journey around the sites, stories and secrets of the Old Town you might otherwise miss
  • Take a tour with a guide who is an expert in local history
  • Get a wonderful introduction to Edinburgh, it’s past and people
Full description
Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you and the guide books don’t show you is where the city’s stories lie, in the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. You will visit the sites that are tucked away to see the secrets and hear the tales. Your guide will help you unlock Edinburgh's fascinating past, the culture, crime, politics and people of Scotland’s capital.
  • Tour audioguide devices for a more immersive experience
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive at the Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile (High Street) 15 minutes before the start of your tour and check in with the on-street representative from Mercat Tours.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • Please dress for the weather wear appropriate footwear
    • For health and safety reasons, unfortunately children under 5 years of age are note permitted on this tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 229 reviews

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    Met by friendly staff. I loved the fact that the tour guide had headphones as we did so that we could hear what she was saying. A defo plus. The tour was of interest with additional information thrown in as well as being able to extend on info when asked further questions. I think my tour guide was Nicky!

    August 6, 2021

    Incredibly insightful. Our guide was very mindful of social distancing and the company made it very easy for us. Our guide was also exceptionally knowledgable, and we asked him a few “strange” questions and he was able to give us fantastic answers about the city’s history. It is very recommendable! Thank you to all the team that made t possible, on early post-lockdown days. Y

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    June 1, 2021

    Our tour was amazing! Our guide was fantastic and personable. We happened to be in Edinburgh during a huge pageant which blocked off big parts of the Royal Mile. Our guide was awesome and guided us all through without losing anyone. Edinburgh has officially become one of my favourite European cities! If you are ever in the city, this tour is an absolute must!

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    September 17, 2019

    Product ID: 15764