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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Edinburgh's UNESCO-listed New Town
  • Ideals for lovers of history and culture
  • Tick off top attractions such as Princes Street and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town
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2.5-hour walking tour with a Spanish speaking guide.

Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed New Town is replete with innovative monuments and history: as the birthplace of seminal inventions such as the telephone and anesthesia, the New Town’s prosperous past begs to be discovered. This 2.5-hour walking tour, ideal for history enthusiasts, takes you to top attractions such as Princes Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Ross Fountain. Guide commentary reveals tales of secret Edinburgh societies, inventions of the Enlightenment period, and Edinburgh’s campaign to abolish slavery. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.

What to Expect

In front of Starbucks Coffee on the High Street, greet your guide and embark on your 2.5-hour tour of Scotland’s New Town. First, take a moment to absorb your surroundings: Scott’s Monument, in its Gothic glory, rises from Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle gazes solemnly from its hilltop perch.

First, you’ll stroll to the world’s oldest Masonic lodge while listening to tales of secret societies established in Edinburgh. Hear, too, about the campaign to abolish slavery in Edinburgh and seminal inventions created by Scots such as John Knoxx and Alexander Graham Bell.

Admire the grand architecture of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, home to portraits of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, and enjoy the botanical beauty of the Princes Street Gardens. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Ross Fountain, where you’ll bid your guide farewell.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Australian David

Australian David is the best David in the company. He is friendly, funny, and really made the tour enjoyable. Everybody really should go with this company. They give lots of good information about Edinburgh and are organized. It was very informational!

Thank unicornlasagna
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent tour with Adam to begin with!

I usually begin my trip to any city with the free walking tour and I always take the Sandemans' if any is available. It helps me familiarize myself with the city and learn about its history both old and modern, get some must-not-miss stuff and...More

Thank gubatpark
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very interesting Tour

We had a great afternoon tour with “Australian David”. He was interesting and funny; quite a delight. Booked this tour with David, you will not be disappointed. Toronto, Canada

Thank sintzelfamily
Reviewed 1 week ago
New Town Tour

Richard was a fantastic tour guide: informative, engaging, and enthusiatic. Excellent tour for getting your bearings historically. I completely enjoyed it!

Thank Bradley H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Aussie Dave, get around him!

I went on the two hour walking tour with Aussie Dave aka the guy with glasses. It was excellent. Full of interesting facts and great humor. Really good way to get a feel of the city, it's history and the way of the Scott's. He...More

Thank wendellvagg
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