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Edinburgh and Scottish History

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF EDINBURGH CASTLE

Description: 

To Great Castle

Edinburgh 

SCOTLAND 

Explore the historic marvel of Edinburgh Castle with our captivating guided tour, where every stone whispers tales of centuries past. Nestled atop Castle Rock, this iconic fortress dominates the city's skyline and offers a journey through Scotland's rich history. Join us as we uncover the secrets, legends, and architectural wonders that make Edinburgh Castle a must-visit destination.

 

Tour Highlights:

  1. Grassmarket: Discover Edinburgh Castle from below and how the fortress was shaped by its geology

  2. Victoria Street & the Royal Mile: How did the castle shape Edinburgh? Only one cannonball away, the defence of the castle starts outside of its walls.

  3. Castle Esplanade: Begin your adventure on the grand Castle Esplanade, a vast open space that sets the stage for the imposing structure above. Learn about the military ceremonies and events that have taken place in this historic area.

  4. Great Hall: Step into the Great Hall, where centuries-old artifacts and armor tell the stories of noble knights and royal gatherings. Marvel at the impressive hammer-beam roof and soak in the atmosphere of a bygone era.

  5. Royal Palace: Explore the opulent Royal Palace, where Scottish kings and queens once held court. Admire the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, key symbols of Scottish monarchy. The panoramic views from the Crown Square provide a breathtaking backdrop.

  6. National War Museum: Delve into Scotland's military history at the National War Museum, housed within the castle. Discover the personal stories of soldiers, witness a vast collection of weaponry, and gain insights into the nation's wartime experiences.

  7. St. Margaret's Chapel: Visit the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh – St. Margaret's Chapel. Admire its simplicity and serenity as you learn about the chapel's dedication to Queen Margaret, a revered figure in Scottish history.

  8. Prisons of War: Step into the gloomy depths of the Prisons of War, where captured soldiers were once held. Hear tales of daring escapes and the harsh conditions faced by prisoners during different periods of history.

  9. Mons Meg: Encounter Mons Meg, a massive medieval siege cannon with a fascinating history. Learn about its powerful role in historic conflicts and marvel at its impressive size.

  10. Half-Moon Battery: Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Half-Moon Battery. This vantage point provides an excellent photo opportunity, capturing the beauty of Edinburgh and its surrounding landscapes.

Inclusions :   

  • 2h Private Guided tour with an experienced guide

  • Assortment of traditional Scottish sweets provided – discover Scotland through your tastebuds!

  • Castle entrance ticket

  • Official Castle guidebook

Price: 

  • 1 guest - £245 per person

  • 2 guests - £143 pp

  • 3 guests - £108 pp

  • 4 guests - £91 pp

  • 5 guests - £81 pp

  • 6 guests - £74 pp

  • 7+ guests - £69 pp.

 

Note that as per Castle policy, no guide is allowed inside the buildings within the Castle. We'll share the history of the Castle from its inner courts and let you discover the inside of the buildings.

Map of guided area here

Dress code: 

Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Cloaks, and kilts are of course welcome! 

Raincoats or umbrellas are recommended. 

 

What to bring with you? 

Bring your confirmation, in your phone or printed to be checked by the guide  

 

Departure Meeting point: 

In front of Beehive Inn 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

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