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Steeped in history, the Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and is just a minute’s walk from the famous Royal Mile and the National Museum of Scotland. A vibrant and historic area, here visitors can soak up the medieval atmosphere while marvelling at one of the most iconic views in the city, the mighty Edinburgh Castle.

A stroll over the George IV Bridge leads to the Greyfriars Bobby statue and through some of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous streets, including Candlemaker Row, Victoria Street, and West Port.

The Grassmarket was traditionally a meeting point for market traders and cattle drovers, with temporary lodgings and taverns all around. It was also once a place of public execution, and a memorial near the site once occupied by the gibbet was created in 1937 to commemorate more than 100 people who died on the gallows in a period known as The Killing Time.

Nowadays, the old market area is surrounded by pubs, clubs, shops, and two large hotels. Most buildings in the area are Victorian, with several modern buildings on the area’s south side.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.49
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$20.49

Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this walking tour covers all of the most-important sights in Edinburgh, from the cobblestones Royal Mile and majestic Edinburgh Castle to the lively Grassmarket and haunting Greyfriars Kirkyard. As you stroll the ancient and atmospheric streets, you'll learn all about the history, myths and legends of Scotland's beguiling capital.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.93
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$17.93

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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$25.61
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$25.61

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small, private group, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides archive imagery of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.22
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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Comedy club meets history class on this walking tour with a professional comedian. Explore Old Town Edinburgh’s highlights and ask anything you want to know about Scotland. Your guide is a local, professional, stand-up comedian guaranteed to make you laugh yourself silly!
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  • 2 hours
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$24.33
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$24.33

Edinburgh Witches and History Walking Tour

Edinburgh Witches and History Walking Tour

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This entertaining walking tour features historical tales, with a focus on those relating to Witchcraft, the spooky and the strange. Your guide will be a character witch who will captivate you with this engaging often enlightening and ultimately uplifting experience. Explore the dimly lit closes and spooky wynds of Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town. Watch out on the cobbles as you lend your ears to terrible tales of the Witches of Scotland. Tread lightly as you walk on the very ground these mysterious and sometimes sinister events occurred. You will visit on your adventure: Castlehill, Edinburgh Castle*, Lady Stairs Close, The Writers Museum*, St Giles Cathedral*, Parliament Sq, Victoria Street, Grassmarket, Candle Maker Row, Greyfriars Kirkyard and a myriad of narrow closes and crooked streets along the way. *Please Note this is an outdoor walking tour and entrance to these buildings is not included.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.37
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$15.37

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Learn about Edinburgh past and present on a private walking tour with an insider guide, who shares information about the city’s royal history and colorful characters, some of whom have inspired books and well-known stories. Get tips on where to eat and drink around the city, and see sights on and off the Royal Mile and near Greyfriars Kirk. You’ll enjoy one-on-one attention from a private guide on this tour that caters to couples, families and small groups looking for a more personal experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$57.63
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$57.63

Everything Edinburgh Old Town Tour

Everything Edinburgh Old Town Tour

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This is a small group tour (max 20 people) that not only fills you in on the must know stories and history of Edinburgh and it's amazing characters whilst taking in some of the Old Town highlights, but it also helps you orient yourself in the Old Town, get away from the crowds to some lesser seen areas with great views and gives real local insight into places to eat and drink away from the usual tourist spots.
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  • 2 hours
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$23.05
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$23.05

Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh

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Enjoy the perfect introduction to Edinburgh and its top attractions on this flexible, private tour. Pick between multiple daily departure times, and meet your guide in the city center. Then, set off on foot. You’ll visit numerous city highlights, from St. Giles' Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle to the Greyfriars Kirkyard and National Museum of Scotland. As you go, learn insider stories about the city, plus tips about where to eat and drink.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$51.39
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Invisible (Edinburgh): Crimes & Punishment Tours (Grassmarket & Royal Mile)

Invisible (Edinburgh): Crimes & Punishment Tours (Grassmarket & Royal Mile)

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Take on one of our Award winning walking tours of Edinburgh and follow your guide Sonny alongside the streets of HIS Edinburgh. He has researched and designed a tour that is haunting and thrilling in equal measures. The tour starts on the Grassmarket, the site of the capital city's last public hangings and follow stories of murders, crimes and legends. You will also hear stories of local projects and social enterprises that support the most vulnerable people in our society.  The tour lasts between one and one and half hours (depending on group size).  Sonny is always happy to answer questions on his knowledge of the city’s rich history and on his own journey from walking the streets as a homeless person to becoming a much loved tour guide of the city.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour

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See both the highlights and hidden gems of Edinburgh on a private tour that reveals Scotland’s capital through the eyes of a local. Designed with first-time visitors in mind, this private tour promises the undivided attention of your guide and gives you the chance to compile tailored recommendations to last the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
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Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

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Calling fans of all things spooky! Do you love hearing wicked, twisted, and macabre tales from years gone by? Combine your love of frights and thrills with a historical tour of the hauntingly beautiful country of Scotland – with our ghost expert guide. A country renowned for its mystery, eery settings and secrets, our tour of Scotland’s capital will see your live tour guide bravely battle the country’s harsh elements and scary locations. Then you’ll go on a terrifying journey through Edinburgh where you’ll learn of wicked witches and ghosts that haunt the city and plague its castle. In fact, our immersive guides will make you feel as if you’re really there at the time, and allow you to soak up every chilling nook and cranny. Will you sense the presence of any ghosts or ghouls? So, what are you waiting for? Book our Edinburgh tour today to unearth some of the best kept and darkest secrets of Scotland.
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  • 2 hours
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$19.21
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$19.21

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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We love running and we love Edinburgh, bring your trainers and let us show you our wonderful and vibrant city on foot! Hear stories of Edinburgh past and present whilst we tour the capital city at your pace. We will take in all the main city sights and then finish off with a breathtaking climb up Arthur's Seat to see the city from a panoramic view.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$38.89
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
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$192.08
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Darkside Horror Walking Audio Tour in Edinburgh

Darkside Horror Walking Audio Tour in Edinburgh

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The mobile app helps you explore a horrid and brutal past of Edinburgh with a private audio tour (included). The audio tour has clean navigation, filled with exciting stories from professional guides. The Edinburgh Horror walk will take you around the old town of Edinburgh to explore the twisting closes and streets that have played host to some of the most brutal parts of our past. This walk takes you from the Royal Mile to the Grassmarket and down through Greyfriars Cemetery. There are steps involved so be careful as you make your way through the old town. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. This is not a ghost tour as such, but more a dark history tour. However, that doesn't mean you aren't in for a fright. Enjoy your party only!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$10.93

Private Edinburgh Ghost Tour: The Bloody Past Exploration Game

Private Edinburgh Ghost Tour: The Bloody Past Exploration Game

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Delve into Edinburgh's dark history with this ghost-themed independent quest through the city. Follow clues from your downloaded game to find haunted spots and hear about their chilling legacies, from Greyfriars Kirkyard to West Bow. Take in some of the city’s top sights as you learn about bloody legends and historical events, including the Great Scottish Witch Hunts, the Burke and Hare murders, George Mackenzie, and the Grey Lady.
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  • 1 hour
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Feast your senses on the diverse cuisine of Edinburgh during a private food tour that allows you to tailor your itinerary according to personal tastes. As well as receiving undivided attention from a private guide, you’ll discover eateries and restaurants that you may otherwise have missed, and collect food recommendations for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
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$207.67
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$207.67
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

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Explore Edinburgh from the comfort of your own personal minibus on a private tour of the Scottish capital city. While listening to informative commentary from your guide, you’ll gaze at the Gothic silhouette of Edinburgh Castle and hear about the historic Royal Mile. Ascend Calton Hill for panoramic city views, admire the grand architecture of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and become engrossed by tales of witchcraft, body snatching, and a loyal dog. This private tour ensures you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide while experiencing the best Edinburgh has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$800.35
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Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Capture the Scottish capital in a fresh light and discover top landmarks with ease on this 3-hour small-group photography walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide through Edinburgh’s attractive streets and gain insight into the city’s colorful past. Along the way, discover top attractions and hidden gems both on and off the tourist trail, and enjoy framing them through the eye of your camera. Master focal range and light settings to bring out the best in your shots, and sharpen your skills behind the lens.
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  • 3 hours
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$55.31
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Private one hour Harry Potter walking tour

Private one hour Harry Potter walking tour

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Join us on a private tour through Edinburgh's historic Old Town. We will explore where J. K. Rowling gained her inspiration for her global phenomenon of Harry Potter. We will begin on the famous Royal Mile and in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. Next we will wander down Edinburgh's "Diagon Alley" and then head into a real graveyard to see the grave "he who must not be named". We will also learn about the cafe's where she sat and wrote the beginning of the book and where she finished in the realms of luxury. Having gained a degree in Tourism Management in Edinburgh and having extensively worked in the Scottish tourism industry I feel I have the passion to show you around. I specialised my final year Thesis paper on the phenomenon that is Harry Potter and how it relates to Scottish tourism. All tours are small group sizes. No more than 10 people per group.
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Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

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Join the comedy-horror theatre experience on wheels. Back in your seat as your conductor whisks you through Edinburgh's most brutal bits of history on an ex-funeral bus! Hear the stories of murders, witch hunts, torture, and hauntings. Prepare to be scared! Please note: There is no seat reservation. The bus works on the first come - first seated basis. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to get the best seat. Complete your experience with a self-guided tour that will show you the places you did not see from the bus.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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