If you are new to the city or only there for a short time period and you don’t want to miss a thing, then an Edinburgh Tour may be the way forward for you.
There are many things you won’t know about Edinburgh – from the café where J.K Rowling used to write Harry Potter, to the quaint bars where fierce political and poetic debates used to happen. From the infamous body snatchers Burke and Hare to where Dolly the Sheep was cloned. Edinburgh has a fascinating and sometimes strange past and it’s time to dig deep and uncover its secrets.
There are many tours you can take around the city and sometimes they are even free!
New Edinburgh Tours – Tron Church, Edinburgh
New Edinburgh tours offer a free 2.5 hour walking tour which takes in the history and main sites of the city. Just meet at the Tron Church at either 10.00, 11.00 or 14.00 daily and one of their experienced, friendly guides will show you around. Don’t worry about the walking there is a pub stop half way through the tour!
City Sightseeing – Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
Wherever you are in the city you will see the brightly liveried buses of the city sightseeing tours. They run every 60 minutes from Waverley Bridge (next to the train station). You can buy a 24 hour unlimited travel ticket which is redeemable for 3 months from the date of purchase. For overseas travellers the tour commentary also comes in many languages so nobody need miss out.
This is also a great tour for children – they won’t be bored as there is an interesting “Horrible Histories” commentary especially for them.
City of the Dead – Edinburgh Ghost Tour and Underground Tours – St Giles Cathedral – Royal Mile.
This has been named as Edinburgh’s Best Ghost Tour – it may not be everybody’s scene but this tour is one scary experience! Not many visitors know that Edinburgh has a hidden city – underground! The South Bridge Vaults were also known as Damnation Alley – it is said an entire population used to live in misery here. Just to make it even spookier – the tours run from dusk. If that wasn’t scary enough, join the Graveyard tour where City of the Dead Tours have access to Edinburgh’s Covenanters Prison and the Black Mausoleum. Be warned – these tours are not for the faint hearted!