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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

  • Save up to two hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle 
  • Avoid the lines and head straight inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Learn more about the castle's history on a guided tour 
Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
From US$38.23
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With an inordinate amount of historic attractions to go see, you won’t want to waste any time during your vacation in Edinburgh. Save up to two hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of the Scottish capital’s most recognizable monuments. On a guided tour, discover secret histories and hidden details that you’d otherwise miss as you watch your guide bring the fortress’ history to life.

What to Expect

Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you’ll greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved up to two hours of waiting time, explore the grounds of the castle and visit curiosities such as the world’s smallest shrine and a cemetery reserved exclusively for dogs.

Stroll through Crown Square, see the crown jewels of Scotland, and enrich your knowledge of Scottish military history in the National War Museum. Once your tour concludes, feel free to continue exploring the castle independently at your own pace.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Castle tour

Had a great tour of Edinburgh Castle with Aussie David. Loads of history and local stories, with great food and entertainment recommendations around the city.

Thank anthonypatrickr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Engaging with random movie/drama reference

Overflowing passion from Aliasdair which makes the tour so enjoyable.. From voice impersonation of the queen to provide better engagement -> GoT reference, you will most likely forget the chilly wind (though he was kind enough to find us spots that weren't so windy). Truly...More

Thank Qian L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Interesting tour with an enthusiastic tour guide Alisdair

Really interesting to learn about the Castle and what it was used for, and how it has inspired other things such as Game Of Thrones. Our tour guide Alisdair was really enthusiastic, knowledgeable and went that extra mile to ensure everyone got what they wanted...More

Thank 334Steve
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Very good tour

We had a passionate Scottish bloke called Angus. Very informative and learnt loads. Would of liked to have known more about how people used to live there and day to day goings on. Highly recommended though.

1  Thank davidbO5078XP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Truly worth it!!!

Greg was amazing!!! The tour began with a little "mini" overview of Scottish history which was great while enjoying a view of New and Old Edinburgh! It moved on to Edinburgh Castle and GREG was stellar!!! Greg got more information across than you would think...More

2  Thank kingchump8585
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DeForest W
December 4, 2018|
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Response from ConnorS023 | Reviewed this property |
I would also recommend the skip-the-line option. In regards to your son, the tour, while mostly uphill, is at a modest pace; if you can stay near to the guide, you'll be able to hear everything said. Even if you don't catch... More
John K
August 26, 2018|
Response from HowardP568 | Reviewed this property |
My wag is no. The kids are back in school and thus the summer holiday crowds have been seriously depleted. Hope this helps.
August 19, 2018|
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Response from Aegisint | Reviewed this property |
Do the tour, you will learn so much that you will miss otherwise. If you are not interested in history then I dont know why you would go Edinburgh anyway.