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Museum of Edinburgh: Our most recommended tours and activities

Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Explore Scotland’s capital city across one or two days on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. See famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House and learn about their historic significance from the onboard audio commentary. Hop on the bus at the first stop at St Andrew's Square. From either the top deck or the interior of the bus, you can explore the city in a convenient way, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights. With your ticket, you will also receive additional perks and discounts such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. Choose between a 24-hour or 48-hour pass with stops at a variety of locations along several routes including: • The Royal Mile• Edinburgh Castle• Dynamic Earth• Edinburgh Dungeons• Real Mary Kings Close• Greyfriars’s Bobby • Lothian Road• Grassmarket• Lauriston Place• Johnston Terrace• National Museum of Scotland• John Knox House• Museum of Edinburgh• Scottish Parliament• Palace of Holyrood House• Burns Monument

Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

2. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

3. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket. Pick from a ticket that lasts for 24 or 48 hours. Explore the city with stop options like Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Hop aboard and embark on your city adventure. Contrast the Old and New Towns, see the royal attractions of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia (entrances not included). Live guides provide English commentary on the Edinburgh Tour, while audio guides are available in up to 9 languages on the City Sightseeing Tour and the Majestic Tour. Hop on and off as often as you like at dozens of attractions, and enjoy unique, scenic views from the open-top upper decks. City Sightseeing Tour: Hear about the people and events that shaped Edinburgh, from the cramped conditions of the Old Town to spacious Holyrood Park, on a classic sightseeing tour in 9 languages. Enjoy Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories with the on board Horrible Histories Children’s Channel - history with all the gory bits left in! • Hanover Street • Princes Street Gardens • St. John’s Church • Grassmarket • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Museum of Childhood • Scottish Parliament • Our Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument Edinburgh Tour: Enjoy the best views aboard an open-top bus, as live commentary in English brings Edinburgh’s history to life. Explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, hopping off at 9 strategic stops. • Hanover Street • George Street • Charlotte Square • The Mound • Lawnmarket • Grassmarket • Our Dynamic Earth • Scottish Parliament • Canongate Kirk Majestic Tour: Leave the city center and head to the coast at Newhaven, with stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia. This multi-language tour offers commentary through headphones in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Return via the Palace of Holyrood House and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile. • Hanover Street • George Street • Royal Botanic Gardens • Ferry Road • Newhaven Harbour • Cruise Terminal • Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britannia) • Leith Mills • Elm Row • Queen Mary’s Bath House • Queensberry House • Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Tales of the Supernatural

4. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Tales of the Supernatural

Join the guide as he takes you round the streets of Edinburgh. Hear the tales of witches that were burned at stake on Castle Hill. Then, sit at a place where a ghost still haunts. This is not a normal ghost, as this one does not like it when you knock on his door. Then, move on to the stories of murder, and the strange sights that the paranormal world casts on Edinburgh. Be taken on a trip into the world of UFOs and big cat sightings. Then, go to some of the strangest things seen in and around Edinburgh's streets including a werewolf and a silverman running in the hills. End the tour with the history of the most foul and what happens to you when you dare to break the law in Edinburgh. After all, would you like honey placed all over your body while chained to a wall? Also on this tour, you will be given the chance to try your hand at dowsing and pendulum magic. You can also book yourself for an online reading once you have taken the tour.

Tales of Edinburgh

5. Tales of Edinburgh

Let the guide take you back in time to when Scotland and Edinburgh were much different to what you see today. A time of war, witches and the supernatural. Dare you stand where witches once did, and you might hear their tales of torture and death. Listen as the guide tells you about battles fought right where you're standing, in honor of the freedom of Scotland.  The guide will take you into the museum to show you some of the equipment used in Scotland not just to hunt down witches, but also for people who may have disagreed with you. Hear the tale of Scotland's church and the battles fought to gain what stands today.

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What people are saying about Museum of Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,902 reviews

Great, we almost missed the bus at the museum but the Driver was kind and patient with me and my 3kids. He saw running for the bus and signaled us to come. We also had great assistance from the Helpers at st Andrew's square, they were nice and friendly.

Great way to see the city. We highly enjoyed the blue bus route, I suggest going to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and see the area. Its very serene and peaceful!

Well worth doing the tour. We got 48 hour ticket for both tours. Went on tours then decided which places we wanted to spend time at the following day.

It is a good tour to get a rough overview. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recognize the different buses.

Was really good showed the important things that you would want to see