Secrets of Edinburgh's Old Town

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Brian
Quality Verified Registered on December 09, 2019

Hello, my name is Brian and I've been guiding in Edinburgh, Scotland and London for 15 years and very much enjoy showing this fabulous city of Edinburgh to the world. I spent 11 years working at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens Official Residence in Scotland, before studying in London for a year to gain a Special Diploma in Tour Guiding. Today, my focus is on Edinburgh and Scotland and I love learning more about this beautiful city and country.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Hello to you all. My name is Brian and I welcome you to Edinburgh. I would like to introduce and show you the Secrets of Edinburgh's Old Town!!! The big companies will show you the normal subjects. Castle, Church, Palace.  This is very much a historical tour.  I will take you underneath what you see and tell you of an Edinburgh of the past that barely gets talked about.

What is in this walking tour? 

  • The site of the Palace of Mary, Queen of Scot's mother
  • The Scottish Jane Austen
  • The hospital of one of Scotland's first female doctors. 
  • The home of modern Jewish Edinburgh. 
  • The inspiration of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and an ALOT MORE!!!! 

The tour ends just off the Royal Mile, minutes from attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, and King Charles Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

Come to Edinburgh, and enjoy the big sites but after this tour walk away with enjoyment and knowledge of much more that will make you want to come back again and enjoy this city. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
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    I will be outside the Cafe Nero coffee shop next to St Giles Church in the centre of the Royal Mile looking forward to meeting you for our tour.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    1 Parliament Square

    This is our meeting place. It is on The Royal Mile, right in the centre of Edinburgh. The actual meeting area is next to St Giles Church outside a Cafe Nero coffee shop. I'll be in jeans, green Dr Marten boots and with a black umbrella.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Heart of Midlothian Mosaic

    This is where we'll discover Edinburgh's old Tolbooth. We'll discover why it was so hated and the strange tradition local people carry out today.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Lady Stair's Close

    In Lady Stair's Close, a small street off Edinburgh's Royal Mile we'll discover Edinburgh's literary side and The Writers Museum which represents three of Scotlands writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. We also find out about one of Scotland's under-represented writers - Susan Ferrier. Scotlands version of the English writer, Jane Austen.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Bishop's Close

    This is the story of how the Jewish community in Edinburgh grew from a seemingly small, insignificant street off Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    219 High Street

    What you will see here is a plaque of a woman who should be far more celebrated than she is. Dr Elsie Inglis. A woman who fought in the 19th century for women to study medicine at Edinburgh University.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Maria 04 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
I really loved Brian' s tour. I was in Edinburgh for less than 24h and really feel like I have got so much out of the tour. Brian was very knowledgeable and had great stories and tales about the places we visited. For a tour at 7pm at the end of February, it was pretty good. I'd highly recommend 😊
Emilie 01 Mar 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
We had the chance to enjoy our tour during a very unusual sunny day. The combination of this weather with the very interesting stories told by Brian about the city made this tour very special. Brian was very nice and gave us a lot of recommendations of nice place to see, restaurants and bars. Thanks a lot Brian 🙂!!! Best wishes Emilie
Vidushe 24 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
A very insightful historical tour. Learnt a lot of new facts. You see Edinburgh from a different perspective!
Chiara 09 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
If you like stories about executed people, that's the right tour for you!
Rose 05 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Brian is a specialist in tours with smaller groups. We liked the interaction with the guide and could ask him anything we wanted to know. It's an informal tour where you can have a nice conversation with your guide. Good introductory tour of Edinburgh.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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