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A Day in Medieval Edinburgh

Your tour will take you on a comfortable walk in the Old Town along the famed Royal Mile. Hear stories of the murderers, geniuses, body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers. See the eerie site of witch burnings and the castle sitting high above the city on its volcanic rock, then it's down Victoria St and into the Grassmarket and up the "Candlemakers Row" to see the Greyfriars churchyard and a statue to Greyfriars "Bobby" before heading past the "Birthplace" of Harry Potter. After lunch, we continue on our walk with a visit to the High Kirk of St Giles a pre-reformation Cathedral. Further down see the former home of John Knox, the Calvanistic reformer, then it's on to the Canongate Kirk and graveyard, where Her Majesty the Queen worships when in Edinburgh. A little further down "The" Mile and sitting in the shadow of Edinburgh's extinct volcano, and across the road from the Scottish Parliament building sits Holyrood Palace & Abbey (12c).

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  • What's included :
    • Admission to Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • Entry/Admission - St Giles' Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Canongate Kirk
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
    • Entry/Admission - John Knox House Museum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

    Photo stop only

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    Step back in time to the16th Century visiting the closes & alleys of Old Edinburgh

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    The seat of Scotlands government prior to 1707

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

    Founded in the 12th century and dedicated to Saint Giles, the church was elevated to collegiate status by Pope Paul II in 1467. The home of the Scottish Reformation

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

    The ancient communal focal point of public events such as civic ceremonials, official rejoicings, and public shamings and punishments, including executions.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Edinburgh City Chambers, 45-329 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland

    Originally built as the Royal Exchange, which was commissioned in 1753. Building began in 1754 and was completed in 1761

    Stop At: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

    Reputed to have been owned and lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Chessel's Court, Chessel's Ct, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    An outstanding and rare survival of a traditional 18th century Edinburgh 'mansion style' tenement.

    Stop At: The People's Story Museum, The Royal Mile, 163 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK

    Housed in the historic Canongate Tolbooth, the collections of which tell the story of the working class people of Edinburgh from the late 18th century to the present day.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD Scotland

    Formerly known as Huntly House Museum, housing a collection relating to the town's origins, history and legends.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh EH8 8FA, UK

    The traditional place of worship for the Monarch when in residence at the Palace. The building dates from 1688. Some of the famous people buried in the churchyard are: The economist Adam Smith, Agnes Maclehose (the "Clarinda" of Robert Burns), David Rizzio, the murdered private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the poet Robert Fergusson,

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Queensberry House, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, UK

    The mansion house was built in 1681. Home to James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, one of the Scottish peers signing the Treaty of Union in 1707. It has now been incorporated into the Scottish Parliament complex on its north-west corner.

    Stop At: White Horse Close, 27, Edinburgh EH8 8BU Scotland

    A picturesque collection of buildings at the foot of the Canongate, stepping into its courtyard feels like stepping back in time. Mary Queen of Scots, who was said to have stabled her favourite white horse there.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

    The official residence of Scotlands Monarchs

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • We are delighted to announce that in partnership with the National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland we have been certified “ Good To Go.” This recognises that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring that all safety processes are in place.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-31322P36

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