Join a local historian on this walking tour of Edinburgh, learning everything you need to know to capture the spirit of "The Athens of the North" from its literary history to its dark past...
Dive into the little known Edinburgh, away from the tourist trail and into the heart an soul of the Scottish capital. From hidden Victorian gardens to centuries-old buildings with plenty a story attached, Edinburgh’s history is long and fascinating, made even more special when told by enthusiastic and passionate guides.
Leaving from the Old Police Box (otherwise known as the Tardis, after Doctor Who's famous time machine) on the Royal Mile, This tour will take you into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, off the tourist trail.
Hear about how the first skyscrapers in the world were built, the famous criminal who was the inspiration for Jekyll & Hyde, where the word Black Market came from, Ebeneezer Scrooge's grave and how Edinburgh University worked with serial killers Burke & Hare.
This is an Edinburgh tour you don't want to miss, and one which will mean you never look at the city in quite the same way again...
- Children over 5 are welcome on the tour accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately we cannot accept children under 5 years old.
- Most of the tour is wheelchair accessible, but the part taking in the underground vaults is not, as access is via a spiral staircase only. Remember that Edinburgh's streets are lined with cobblestones, and for this reason, you should also wear comfortable shoes.
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English Language Tour
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking expert guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (12:30 local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Yes (most areas are accessible).
Old Police Box (Tardis) on the Royal Mile