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The Canongate Tours and Tickets

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The Canongate forms the eastern end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. One of the oldest and most historic streets in the city, The Canongate is home to a number of top attractions and historic buildings, including Canongate Kirk, Moray House, Canongate Tolbooth (now People’s Story Museum), and the modern Scottish Parliament.

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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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$21.68
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$21.68

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.93
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option

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
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$29.31
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$29.31
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.17
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$31.17

Edinburgh's Myths & Legends by Night Private Tour

Edinburgh's Myths & Legends by Night Private Tour

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Beyond Edinburgh’s awe-inspiring gothic architecture and medieval charm lies a long history riddled with stories of hope as well as dark and depressing periods. Get to know the famous and notorious people who have left their marks in Edinburgh and discover how locals used to live centuries ago. Explore hidden sites and secret paths, and witness how dramatically the city has evolved, all with your favorite local. Experience the mysterious atmosphere at night and discover the city through your local host's storytelling. Get ready to listen to stories that will give you goosebumps and will leave you hooked and wanting for more! This private tour in Edinburgh will open your eyes to the fascinating Scottish history based on grim tales, conspiracy theories, tragedy, and local gossip. Learn how the Scots fought for their religious beliefs and endured a twelve-year-long war. From execution grounds to graveyards, you will hear many harrowing tales that played out within the old city walls.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.39
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Small-Group Tour Royal Canongate

Small-Group Tour Royal Canongate

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On your tour you will see one of the oldest churches in Scotland, with Royal connection to this day. We will visit the resting place of one of the most famous people in the world, Adam Smith, even seeing the home he shared with his mother the last twelve years of his life. You will also hear the story of the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots and his brutal murder. We then talk of perhaps the most famous two-faced celebrity in Edinburgh society and the site of his final crime, right here in Canongate. We will also stop outside the Scottish Parliament, where our elected representatives debate and decide upon the fate of the future of Scotland. Also, you will enjoy a majestic view of Arthurs Seat. This was one of two former volcanoes in Edinburgh. I will give you background to its formation and the true story of how Arthurs Seat got its name. Your tour completes at the Royal palace of Holyroodhouse. There you will learn the fascinating story behind its name.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.53
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Some shore excursions can feel rigid and impersonal. Tailor your visit to your own interests on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Travel around the city and leave the bus to explore at any of the 14 designated stops, including Edinburgh Castle and Hollyrood Palace. You can get on and off the bus as often as you like in a 24-hour period.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.68
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$21.68

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.88
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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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$155.86
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Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience with Private Option

Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience with Private Option

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Small, personal 5 star group tour with a maximum of 18 people. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’re going behind the scenes. Your expert tour guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where Claire & Jamie's story was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. You will visit some of the sites familiar in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager and you will hear Diana Gabaldon’s descriptions of Jamie and Claire’s experiences in this historic capital city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.31
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$29.31
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Essential Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Essential Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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What better way to acquaint yourself with the layout of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town than a private tour with your own experienced guide. In 3 hours your guide will cover all of the highlights of the Old Town as well as the hidden gems that the unwary visitor misses. Your guide will scratch under the surface of each location helping the visitor to understand why the city has such a gruesome history. Although many people think it is just about the Castle, it is much more than that. It is about the people who lived and died in the Old Town. You will hear stories of body-snatchers, of witches and the religious zealots that sent them to their deaths. We will explain how Scotland went from independent country to becoming part of the United Kingdom and its impact on Edinburgh The 18th century was a period that saw the rebirth of Edinburgh through learning and education. This period became known as the Scottish Enlightenment. Come on this tour to be entertained and enlightened.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.32
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$130.32
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Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31

Edinburgh's Palace and Canongate Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh's Palace and Canongate Private Walking Tour

The Canongate was once a separate town. It's often overlooked, but is packed with hidden gems. Starting at the site of the Old City Gate, explore the Canongate part of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Discover Gardens, Mansion Houses and hear how life has changed over the centuries. Ending outside the Queens Official Residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.75
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Curious Tales of the Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

Curious Tales of the Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

Why was a pet blackbird arrested in 1736? What did a washerwoman insist on before she would pull philosopher David Hume out of a swamp? Why was Robert the Bruce Edinburgh Castle’s most deadly enemy? You really couldn’t make up the history of Old Edinburgh! Seldom in the world can there have been so many odd events and strange goings-on in one town’s story as in Edinburgh, and telling these curious tales is what this tour is all about! Local doctor Moray Grigor is an Edinburgh native and lover of the city, and has been collecting some of the best of its stories to bring to you. Starting just below the Castle, we’ll be touring down the world-famous Royal Mile, ducking into alleys and back courts as we go, and we’ll be hearing the most outlandish, amusing and fascinating anecdotes of the Old Town, many collected by Edinburgh publisher and author Robert Chambers right back in 1824. In Edinburgh, truth really is stranger than fiction – as Dr Grigor will be delighted to show you!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.75
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$128.75
Price varies by group size

Private Evening Royal Mile Walking Tour

Private Evening Royal Mile Walking Tour

Spend the evening exploring Edinburgh's Old Town on a Private Walking Tour with a knowledgeable, friendly local tour guide. Hear about the characters and events that shaped this wonderful cities past. This is a great option if time is limited to get to know the Royal Mile and Old Town. A walking tour in the evening could give you more time during the day to visit some of our attractions. If you would prefer to focus on the top part of the Royal Mile just let your guide know, if not the tour will end outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.75
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$128.75
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Tales and Songs of the Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

Tales and Songs of the Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

Come on an Edinburgh Old Town experience like no other! Your guide, Dr. Moray Grigor, is a local physician and folksinger with a passion for his native city, its songs, stories and curiosities. In this tour he brings all this together, (with a little help from his mandolin!), taking you on a fascinating and fun trip down the historic Royal Mile. You'll hear songs, poems, and Old Town tales galore, and you'll hear not just English but the more German/Scandinavian sound of Old Scots, and Scotland's own Celtic language, Gaelic. Don't worry, though, all will be understandable, as you will have a written guide to all the songs and poems. As we tour, Moray will tell stories from each part of the Royal Mile, and you'll meet the characters whose legends live on in Edinburgh's story - including Rabbie Burns, Deacon Brodie, Jenny Geddes, David Hume, and more. We're looking forward to welcoming you!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.75
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$128.75
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Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh Royal Canongate

Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh Royal Canongate

Enjoy fascinating insights from an experienced tour guide and local historian - me!. There will be a fun quiz for children at the end of your tour. If they do well, they receive a special prize! You will hear and see amazing things. The story of the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots. The Canongate home of world-famous philosopher Adam Smith. You will enjoy a great outside view of the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, the residence of the Royal Family when they are in Edinburgh. You will also enjoy a panoramic view of Arthurs Seat, the now-extinct main volcano in Edinburgh! Many of the true social stories you hear are mainly found in antique books. They tell it best!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.32
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Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Join us for this half day tour of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Exploring the Old Town on foot, led by your local Blue Badge Guide, is the best way to soak up the local atmosphere. Starting on top of the volcanic rock, we will visit the iconic Edinburgh castle. Then we will follow the ancient path of a glacier all the way to bottom of the Royal Mile. Your guide will lead the you through narrow closes and beautiful buildings surrounding the Royal Mile, giving you the chance to discover the city’s history and its famous citizens along the way. Our tour finishes with a view of both the Royal palace of Holyrood and the modern Scottish Parliament, a fantastic introduction to the city of Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.39
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$263.39
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Should I book The Canongate tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Canongate 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.
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How much does it cost to visit The Canongate 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Canongate costs USD 12.31. Guided The Canongate tours start around USD 12.31 per person.
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