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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 20/07/15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
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Updated 20/07/15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
With an inordinate amount of historic attractions to go see, you won’t want to waste any time during your vacation in Edinburgh. Save 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.
You'll start at
130 High St
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UKYour Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk (Please do not go straight to the castle). Look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
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  • Pass by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
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    Royal Mile
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    National War Museum of Scotland
    Stop: 15 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Margaret's Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 4
    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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You'll end at
Castle Terrace
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UKYour Edinburgh Castle Tour finishes inside the castle grounds.
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  • Save hours of 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
What to Expect
Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved 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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Important Information
Departure Point
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - National War Museum of Scotland
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase.
  • Children (4 or under) can join the Edinburgh Castle Tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Our tour starts at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant. We don't allow guests to join after the start time, and we don't allow guests to join the tour if they don't show up in our current start point at 130 High Street, in front of Frankie and Benny's restaurant.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 1.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
  • Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Virginia I wrote a review Mar 2020
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I went on both the free walking tour and castle tour with Alistair who was an awesome guide, very knowledgable about the city and Scottish history, with lots of fun and intrigue along the way. Definitely recommend :)
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Date of experience: March 2020
pabate wrote a review Mar 2020
Naugatuck, Connecticut14 contributions1 helpful vote
Australian Dave was our guide and he was great. Informative, entertaining, and thoughtful - you could not ask for better. While the guides are not allowed to "go in" to any of the rooms with you the tour beautifully sets up your experience so that you go in armed with the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Justin W wrote a review Mar 2020
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We took a tour with Sarah this morning and it was fantastic!! Sarah was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and funny. If anyone has a chance to take a tour with her, don’t hesitate!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Cindy L wrote a review Mar 2020
14 contributions1 helpful vote
This tour is a must! You can visit the castle on your own but you won’t know what you are looking at or the history. Our tour guide was sooo good that people kept trying to join and listen in on our tour at the castle, she kept having to tell people that she was conducting a
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Laura W wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
Sarah our tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She provided a fun experience. The castle is well with the visit.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
Watch out for the Graverobbers!
Terrific way to spend an evening in Edinburgh.Jane was our guide and took us to wonderful parts of the city and had
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Interesting and beautiful tour.
We had Jule as our guide, very friendly. She was very knowledgeable and funny. Such an interesting experience. Fas
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Chris G
Entertaining evening
Our tour was enhanced by the good weather and a very upbeat host. But be warned, you have to be good on your feet
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Great trip. Jule our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable and ensured we could all hear her at all times
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10 out of 10
We had such a great time on our ghost tour! Our guide Australian David (he referred to himself as this) was fabulou
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Mariya T
Evening tour with Jan
I love Sandeman, been on a tour with them in Madrid and it was great so didn't think twice to book this one! As usu
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Enjoyable Sandeman's FREE walking tour - Edinburgh old town
The tour was 2.5hrs and was highly enjoyable. Our guide was Eva and she was engaging and funny. Tour was a good amo
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Explore the alternative Edinburgh
Great informative tour without being boring. Also avoids the classic tourist traps and explores some parts of the c
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Ross L
Funny and informative
Done my first ever walking tour of Edinburgh and it was great. I am from Edinburgh but still learned a lot and was
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Our tour guide, Jen was really funny and so enthusiastic, it was amazing, one of the highlights of our trip !
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Do it!! Lots of memories made here!
Jen was brilliant, the tour was fascinating and we learned lots of really horrid things!!! I could have stayed talk
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Worst Sandeman tour I've done
I’ve done these tours in several cities across the world and they are good tours. However the Edinburgh tour did no
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Great walking tour!
This is the most interesting walking tour I've been on to date. Australian Dave did a great job of informing us of
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Saw some bones!
There was a mix up with the ticket time (we booked for 4:30 but had to have our tickets amended to 6:30 because the
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Great evening activity
We've taken a liking to these mystery/ghost walking tours lately, as it's a great way to see a city and learn more
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