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Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Explore Scotland’s capital city across one or two days on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. See famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House and learn about their historic significance from the onboard audio commentary. Hop on the bus at the first stop at St Andrew's Square. From either the top deck or the interior of the bus, you can explore the city in a convenient way, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights. With your ticket, you will also receive additional perks and discounts such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. Choose between a 24-hour or 48-hour pass with stops at a variety of locations along several routes including: • The Royal Mile• Edinburgh Castle• Dynamic Earth• Edinburgh Dungeons• Real Mary Kings Close• Greyfriars’s Bobby • Lothian Road• Grassmarket• Lauriston Place• Johnston Terrace• National Museum of Scotland• John Knox House• Museum of Edinburgh• Scottish Parliament• Palace of Holyrood House• Burns Monument

Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

2. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: Gothic Old Town Exploration Game

3. Edinburgh: Gothic Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Edinburgh’s haunted side and gothic secrets by following clues and solving puzzles on this self-guided exploration game via an app on your phone. With your phone as your guide, explore Edinburgh's old town with your group and uncover its mysteries. After downloading the tour app (instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the game starts at The Mound. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions on the app. Along the route, spot St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, and other city sights. Get to know the city's cobbled streets and twisting alleyways and all the people who have made them famous. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Enjoy the flexibility to explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. After approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, the tour will finish at West Bow.

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What people are saying about John Knox House Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,045 reviews

Great, we almost missed the bus at the museum but the Driver was kind and patient with me and my 3kids. He saw running for the bus and signaled us to come. We also had great assistance from the Helpers at st Andrew's square, they were nice and friendly.

Well worth doing the tour. We got 48 hour ticket for both tours. Went on tours then decided which places we wanted to spend time at the following day.

It is a good tour to get a rough overview. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recognize the different buses.

It is a great option to get to know the main sights of the city, with an audio guide in several languages.

Was really good showed the important things that you would want to see