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St. Giles Cathedral Tours and Activities

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The official church of the Church of Scotland, St. Giles Cathedral and its famous crown spire tower over the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. With a history stretching back over 900 years, St. Giles is renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows, ornate Thistle Chapel, and busy concert calendar.

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.39
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$22.39
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.04
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$34.04
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.14
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$31.14
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.12
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$24.12
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.22
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$24.22
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.59
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$26.59
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Silent Disco Adventure Tour
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Silent Disco Adventure Tour

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Explore the streets of Edinburgh on this fun walking tour. As you listen to popular theme songs and hits through your headset, sing along and dance past landmarks like St. Giles' Cathedral, the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Waverley Station, and more. This is an alternative to the traditional tour groups.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.70
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$22.70

Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option

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Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.75
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$28.75
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.85
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$272.85
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.39
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Edinburgh Old Town: Explore the origins of Scottish design on an audio tour
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Edinburgh Old Town: Explore the origins of Scottish design on an audio tour

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You can certainly wander around Edinburgh's medieval Old Town on your own, but for a more enriching experience, book this guided walking tour, which introduces you to the architectural concepts and history behind the curious buildings. Your guide leads you along the winding Cockburn Street, to the Royal Mile, and Canongate, delving into each street's architectural influences and the development of Scottish styles.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$11.89
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$11.89

Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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This tour will give you an excellent overview of Edinburgh. All our guides have the Blue Badge which is the only professional guiding qualification in the UK and are members of the Scottish Tourist Guide Association. Your tour will be entertaining and historically accurate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.25
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$21.25
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Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Take the guesswork out of your 'Outlander' pilgrimage on this guided walking tour that takes you to the exact locations featured in the TV series and novels. In a small group of no more than 12 people, see such sites as Jamie's printshop and the Tolbooth prison while learning from your guide about life in Edinburgh during and after the time of the Jacobite uprisings.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.26
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$69.26
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Small Group Edinburgh Whisky Tour and Tasting with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Whisky Tour and Tasting with Private Option

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Scotch whisky is one of Scotland’s most famous exports and this 2-hour tour reveals all the secrets of Edinburgh’s favorite tipple. Stroll through Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, visit Megget’s Cellar for a candlelit tasting, and sample a variety of Speyside, Highland, and Islay whiskies.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.46
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Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.99
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$20.99
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

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Embrace the best that Edinburgh has to offer on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of the Royal Mile. You’ll cover everything along the famous route, starting in the Lawnmarket and following it down to Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament. Listen as your guide tells you the little-known stories of the city’s most important people and events, before returning to a central location.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.98
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$41.98
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.55
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$130.55
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.43
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$60.43
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

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Explore the Old Town of Edinburgh with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. Hear stories about the people, history, and politics that shaped the city of Edinburgh. Go for a walk along the Royal Mile and see local landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Scottish Parliament.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.90
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$709.07
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Everything Edinburgh Old Town Tour

Everything Edinburgh Old Town Tour

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This is a small group tour (max 25 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.67
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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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Cover all the major must-see sights in Edinburgh and learn all about the ancient city on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Listen as your guide shares fascinating historical facts, myths and legends about the Scottish capital. • Wander along the Royal Mile, the atmospheric main thoroughfare of the well-preserved Edinburgh Old Town • See the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle, trek to the Mound and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard • Listen to your guide talking about historical facts about Edinburgh
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.79
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Old Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Old Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Edinburgh's Old Town has a long and eventful past. Explore the area within the Old City Walls. Hear stories of our city's character, some real and some fictional. Walk Through the Closes and discover many hidden gems with a sprinkle of Harry Potter and Outlander too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.93
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Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of driving or using public transit on a private sightseeing tour with round-trip hotel transport. Your driver, who navigates for you, points out top landmarks and architectural gems, from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. With the flexibility to customize your itinerary and inside recommendations from your driver, this private tour is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves in the city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$673.62
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Giles Cathedral can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 54 St. Giles Cathedral tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Giles Cathedral 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Giles Cathedral costs USD 8.83. Guided St. Giles Cathedral tours start around USD 8.83 per person. See all 54 St. Giles Cathedral tickets and tours on Viator.
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