Best tours in Edinburgh

Check out the top tours in Edinburgh, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. The Real Mary King's Close
1. The Real Mary King's Close
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173 local reviews
The Real Mary King's Close
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 131 225 0672
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Noreen
You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile on a summer evening without hitting a ghost tour of one kind of…
Mar
The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren…
Zoryana
Covered over by construction in the 19th century, Mary King’s Close was previously one of the busiest streets…
1. The Real Mary King's Close
1. The Real Mary King's Close
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173 local reviews
The Real Mary King's Close
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 131 225 0672
Noreen
Noreen
You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile on a summer evening without hitting a ghost tour of one kind of another, but if you want to…
Mar
Mar
The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has…
Zoryana
Zoryana
Covered over by construction in the 19th century, Mary King’s Close was previously one of the busiest streets in the medieval city, located…
2. Scottish Parliament Building
2. Scottish Parliament Building
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166 local reviews
Scottish Parliament Building
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Raffaele
Whether you consider it an over-priced blot on the landscape or an architectural triumph, Catalonian architect…
Sarah
The Scottish Parliament is an iconic structure. In a dramatic setting next to Arthur's Seat, the exterior is…
Hannah
You can visit the Scottish Parliament Building Monday to Saturday for free and without booking, although you…
2. Scottish Parliament Building
2. Scottish Parliament Building
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166 local reviews
Scottish Parliament Building
Raffaele
Raffaele
Whether you consider it an over-priced blot on the landscape or an architectural triumph, Catalonian architect Enric Miralles’ controversial…
Sarah
Sarah
The Scottish Parliament is an iconic structure. In a dramatic setting next to Arthur's Seat, the exterior is fascinating and the interior…
Hannah
Hannah
You can visit the Scottish Parliament Building Monday to Saturday for free and without booking, although you might need to book for guided…
3. Edinburgh Castle
3. Edinburgh Castle
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850 local reviews
Castlehill
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 131 225 9846
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Karen
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was…
Calum
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently…
Sylvia
The museum because you can spend the day there and it's free. The Kings theatre and the Festival theatre…
3. Edinburgh Castle
3. Edinburgh Castle
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850 local reviews
Castlehill
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 131 225 9846
Karen
Karen
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage…
Calum
Calum
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction…
Sylvia
Sylvia
The museum because you can spend the day there and it's free. The Kings theatre and the Festival theatre. There are some great productions…
4. Palace of Holyroodhouse
4. Palace of Holyroodhouse
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242 local reviews
Canongate
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 303 123 7306
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Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork…
Mairi Anne
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyrood House is the official residence of the British monarch…
Susan
This is the official home of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Edinburgh and is often used for state occasions…
4. Palace of Holyroodhouse
4. Palace of Holyroodhouse
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242 local reviews
Canongate
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 303 123 7306
Noreen
Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at,…
Mairi Anne
Mairi Anne
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyrood House is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The Palace as it…
Susan
Susan
This is the official home of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Edinburgh and is often used for state occasions. It was also the home of Mary…
5. The Tourmalet
5. The Tourmalet
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46 local reviews
25 Buchanan St
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
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Leonard
This bar has recently opened and is named after a notoriously difficult Tour de France mountain climb (and…
Margaret
This bar has recently opened and is named after a notoriously difficult Tour de France mountain climb (and…
Jade
Great wee local pub, especially if you're into Tour de France memorabilia!
5. The Tourmalet
5. The Tourmalet
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46 local reviews
25 Buchanan St
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
Leonard
Leonard
This bar has recently opened and is named after a notoriously difficult Tour de France mountain climb (and sister to The Ventoux in…
Margaret
Margaret
This bar has recently opened and is named after a notoriously difficult Tour de France mountain climb (and sister to The Ventoux in…
Jade
Jade
Great wee local pub, especially if you're into Tour de France memorabilia!
6. The Scotch Whisky Experience
6. The Scotch Whisky Experience
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73 local reviews
354 Castlehill
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 220 0441
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Zoryana
Across from the Camera Obscura is The Scotch Whisky Experience, which is a very popular place to visit along…
Desmond
A five-star visitor attraction at the top of the renown Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where you can be inspired by…
Fin
Great history of whisky and a huge range of whiskies from around the world. There are various levels of tours…
6. The Scotch Whisky Experience
6. The Scotch Whisky Experience
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73 local reviews
354 Castlehill
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 220 0441
Zoryana
Zoryana
Across from the Camera Obscura is The Scotch Whisky Experience, which is a very popular place to visit along the Royal Mile. You can take…
Desmond
Desmond
A five-star visitor attraction at the top of the renown Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where you can be inspired by the joys of Scotch whisky. Get…
Fin
Fin
Great history of whisky and a huge range of whiskies from around the world. There are various levels of tours. I recommend the most…
7. Rabbie's Tours
7. Rabbie's Tours
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21 local reviews
6 Waterloo Pl
Closed · Opens 7:30 AM
+44 131 226 3133
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Kim
Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or less You'll have a fantastic time, or your money…
Margaret
One of my last guests went on several of Rabbie's tours and thoroughly enjoyed himself. I had a look at the…
Sarah
Rabbie's Tours are a great company who will take you on day trips and multi-day trips around Scotland! St…
7. Rabbie's Tours
7. Rabbie's Tours
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21 local reviews
6 Waterloo Pl
Closed · Opens 7:30 AM
+44 131 226 3133
Kim
Kim
Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or less You'll have a fantastic time, or your money back Go beyond the guidebooks…
Margaret
Margaret
One of my last guests went on several of Rabbie's tours and thoroughly enjoyed himself. I had a look at the site and the prices are very…
Sarah
Sarah
Rabbie's Tours are a great company who will take you on day trips and multi-day trips around Scotland! St Andrews, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond…
8. Royal Yacht Britannia
8. Royal Yacht Britannia
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166 local reviews
Ocean Dr
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 555 5566
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Susan
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing…
Glenham
Experience the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty…
Rona
The Queen's residence when travelling abroad. Very interesting. £15 or buy the Royal Edinburgh Ticket and…
8. Royal Yacht Britannia
8. Royal Yacht Britannia
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166 local reviews
Ocean Dr
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 555 5566
Susan
Susan
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the…
Glenham
Glenham
Experience the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating…
Rona
Rona
The Queen's residence when travelling abroad. Very interesting. £15 or buy the Royal Edinburgh Ticket and visit the castle and Holyrood + 48…
9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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598 local reviews
Arboretum Pl
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 248 2909
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Alastair
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. A pleasure for all the…
Debbie & Robert
Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Garden offers…
Stewart
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a…
9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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598 local reviews
Arboretum Pl
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 131 248 2909
Alastair
Alastair
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. A pleasure for all the family, the Garden offers…
Debbie & Robert
Debbie & Robert
Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Garden offers superb panoramic views of the city…
Stewart
Stewart
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. The…
10. The Ghost Bus Tours Edinburgh
10. The Ghost Bus Tours Edinburgh
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28 local reviews
Waverley Bridge
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 844 567 8666
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Noreen
There are several sightseeing tours operating under the same banner, but all the open-topped buses are a great…
Christine
This unique ticket is all you need to explore the Royal splendours of Scotland's capital The Royal Edinburgh…
David
There are numerous hop-on hop-off tours in Edinburgh that depart from Waverley Bridge. They are a great way to…
10. The Ghost Bus Tours Edinburgh
10. The Ghost Bus Tours Edinburgh
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28 local reviews
Waverley Bridge
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 844 567 8666
Noreen
Noreen
There are several sightseeing tours operating under the same banner, but all the open-topped buses are a great way to orient yourself while…
Christine
Christine
This unique ticket is all you need to explore the Royal splendours of Scotland's capital The Royal Edinburgh Ticket gives you: • Unlimited…
David
David
There are numerous hop-on hop-off tours in Edinburgh that depart from Waverley Bridge. They are a great way to get around to the major…
11. Royal Yacht Britannia
11. Royal Yacht Britannia
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121 local reviews
Royal Yacht Britannia
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Noreen
Despite the indignity of being tethered next to a shopping mall, Britannia is a class act. Presented as if the…
Anne
TRYB is my favourite recommendation for visitors to Edinburgh. The 'luxury' Royal Yacht was HRH The Queen's…
Farai
Built on Clydeside, the former Royal Yacht Britannia was the British royal family's floating holiday home…
11. Royal Yacht Britannia
11. Royal Yacht Britannia
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121 local reviews
Royal Yacht Britannia
Noreen
Noreen
Despite the indignity of being tethered next to a shopping mall, Britannia is a class act. Presented as if the Royal family and crew have…
Anne
Anne
TRYB is my favourite recommendation for visitors to Edinburgh. The 'luxury' Royal Yacht was HRH The Queen's ultimate floating holiday home…
Farai
Farai
Built on Clydeside, the former Royal Yacht Britannia was the British royal family's floating holiday home during their foreign travels from…
12. Mercat Tours
12. Mercat Tours
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18 local reviews
28 Blair St
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 131 225 5445
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Dylan
A chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark and underground. For adults only, this tour is a short, sharp…
Alex
These guys organise good selections of tours. Ghost walks, the Bridges caverns, Historic Edinburgh..…
Dan And Alex
These tours go from outside St Giles Cathedral on the High Street. Always enjoy them. Our favourite is the…
12. Mercat Tours
12. Mercat Tours
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18 local reviews
28 Blair St
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 131 225 5445
Dylan
Dylan
A chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark and underground. For adults only, this tour is a short, sharp shock – your unsettling…
Alex
Alex
These guys organise good selections of tours. Ghost walks, the Bridges caverns, Historic Edinburgh... Recommended for interesting history…
Dan And Alex
Dan And Alex
These tours go from outside St Giles Cathedral on the High Street. Always enjoy them. Our favourite is the Ghosts and Graveyards Tour.