Guided tour

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in English

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in English

Activity provider: Little Fish Tours
Likely to sell out Booked 34 times yesterday

From US$ 39.92 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 34 times yesterday

Join this engaging English-language guided tour of Edinburgh Castle to discover its incredible 3,000-year history and the significant role it has played in shaping Scotland.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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What customers loved


  • Save time with a speedy skip-the-line entry
  • Visit all of the most important sights in the Castle complex with your expert guide
  • Learn many of the Castle's hidden histories before setting off to explore yourself
  • Enjoy full access to the castle and discover its history on a guided tour
Full description

Begin your tour by the statue of Adam Smith on the Royal Mile. Walk towards Edinburgh Castle as your guide sets the scene, explaining the significance of the Castle and mentioning some of the key characters who have helped shape it.

Once inside, let your guide walk you through the Castle complex. Hear their in-depth knowledge of the Castle's main buildings and attractions, including the Argyle Battery and One O'clock Gun, the Hospital Square and Western Panorama.

See the Castle dungeons and military prison, the Black Banquet and Thomas Randolph's daring castle raid. Encounter St Margret's Chapel, Mons Meg, the Crown Square, and The Honors of Scotland.

After the tour, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore the castle museums (not accessible during the tour).

  • Entrance ticket
  • Skip-the-line entry into the castle
  • Guided tour in English
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Outside Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile beside the statue of Adam Smith, 192 High Street, EH1 1RF. Look for the green and white umbrellas. This tour does not depart from the castle.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • Bags with a volume larger than 30L are not allowed into Edinburgh Castle and there is no locker space for luggage
    • "Scotland has two seasons, June and winter!" - Billy Connolly. This tour takes place outside so please dress appropriately for the glorious Scottish climate
    • Please note that children aged 15 and under will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 1284 reviews

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    Enjoyed all of what Alan, our tour guide, told us. He has a good sense of humor, knows amazingly much about the castle and Scotland in general. He helped out with a problem and he took the time to tell us more about Scotland after the tour was done. We highly recommend him for a fun and interesting tour!

    August 15, 2022

    Little Fish seems to hire extremely knowledgeable and energetic guides. At least that is the case w Fiona. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour w her and can easily recommend the service. All of our questions were answered and the tour was well thought out. What a great value for an afternoon!

    August 12, 2022

    Wonderful guide, John, who in his own humorous way, but certainly with his Scottish pride, brings us to the attention of the history of Edinburgh, its origins, its origins, the Scottish Royal family and everything that has to do with it and still has to do with it has brought. Great, an experience richer. Top Guide.

    August 10, 2022

    Product ID: 156135