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Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace.

    Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life.

    Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen.

    Finally, bid your guide farewell and use your skip-the-line tickets to explore the Palace of Holyrood independently. Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
    • Professional guide
    • Food and drinks
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • No children under the age of 5
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My wife and I went on the Royal Mike History Walking Tour and Palace of Holyrood. Let me just start off by saying that our tour guide Charles was amazing! Very knowledgeable of the history of Edinburgh and Canongate. This is not the typical “see the sites” walking tour but
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    Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review, we'll be sure to pass your kind words on to Charles. All the best, Louise
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    We loved all the history. Our tour guide did well considering the crazy loud parade going on. Very well timed and details were fabulous.
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    Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hi Jennifer, Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the history included. Many thanks, Katie
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    Spent a lovely, sunny morning on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh as we were entertained and educated by Margaret-Ann of Mercat Tours. She deftly guided more than 20 folks in and out of alleys, through traffic lights, and up and down the Royal Mile all the while sharing history and
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    They honestly helped us make sense of the very crowded timeline of royals and connection to England.
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    We were part of a larger group taking this tour. Our guide was excellent. We grew up in Edinburgh but have lived elsewhere for a very long time. The history presented by our guide was informative and well paced. We walked from St. Giles to Holyrood Palace. There were facts
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 1h 30m
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    • Languages Offered: English
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