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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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National War Museum of Scotland
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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.

  • 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 
  • Spend free time exploring the castle independently once the tour concludes
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Castle Tour

Alistar was amazing, very entertaining, very knowledgeable, and thoroughly enjoyable to have as a tour guide for the Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour. I highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 2 days ago
This was one of the highlights of our trip !!

Easy to locate starting point with friendly people at Frankie and Benny's restaurant. The tour people were easily identified and we were fortunate to have Stuart as our guide. He walked at the proper pace to make sure everyone was able to stay together as...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Castle Tour

Well worth the money as the walking tour was well organised and our guide Jen was great fun and very informative and could answer any questions re the history of the castle and I would definetly recommend it if visiting Edinburgh

Thank Debbie P
Reviewed 6 days ago
Free walking tour and Edinburgh Castle: best parts of our trip

My friends and I followed Ryan (our incredibly funny and still easy to understand scot guide) around Edinburgh's free walking tour and we enjoyed the tour so much we ended up signing up for the guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. We learned a lot about...More

Thank Prikos
Reviewed 6 days ago
Australian David

David made the walking tour fun and informative. Great knowledge And afterward he offered to send an email with other Edinburgh info which had great info as well.

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John K
August 26, 2018|
Response from Howard P | 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 Road-Maven | Reviewed this property |
Yes... However, we felt the guided tour to the castle was a waste. Go on your own, keep the money and buy yourselves a pint when you're done.
August 6, 2018|
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Response from Aegisint | Reviewed this property |
Set aside about 2 to 3 hours from start to finish, Get to the meeting point a good 15 minutes early so you dont get lost, it is a bit chaotic to start with, but settles down. The guided tour time will depend on how busy the... More
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