Helen's Historic Old City Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Helen

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

This tour winds along the Royal Mile in the Old Town which is the oldest part of the UNESCO world heritage area of Edinburgh. If you only have a short time in Edinburgh this tour may not take you off the beaten track but it will show you the unmissable sights that the city has to offer!

We discover much of the real history which lies behind the story of "Outlander", find out where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Edinburgh, learn all about the lives of real people in the city including many famous Scientists, Inventors and Writers as well as passing major points of interest to Harry Potter fans!

At the end of the tour you should have a good overview of the city and it's history and will hopefully want to visit again many more times!
Other things to note
Most tours start at 9am and 12pm - Some times are flexible so if the time you want is unavailable please send me a message
Start at Castle
The walking covers about 1.5miles or 2.5km.
This tour winds along the Royal Mile in the Old Town which is the oldest part of the UNESCO world heritage area of Edinburgh. If you only have a short time in Edinburgh this tour may not take you off the beaten track but it will show you the unmissable sights that the city has to offer!

We discover much of the real history which lies behind the story of "Outlander", find out where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Edinburgh,…

Meet your host, Helen

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 63 Reviews
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My small business "Edinburgh Welcome Tours" has now been officially recognised and has received a "Certificate of Excellence" in TripAdvisor. Thank you so much to all your wonderful reviews!!

I love my city. I've lived back here for 15 years now! I like to show it from a local viewpoint! My favourite places are unusual ones that are off the beaten track which are often missed by many visitors. My aim is to show you these parts of Edinburgh as well as showing you the incredible history, culture and sights we have to offer.

I set up "Edinburgh Welcome Tours" because I've been invited to homes all over the world and so I want to welcome visitors from everywhere to my own country of Scotland.

I have 2 other AirBnB tours
Highs & Hidden Lows
Grand Designs & Hidden Gems

I also run private group tours - Please send me a message!
My small business "Edinburgh Welcome Tours" has now been officially recognised and has received a "Certificate of Excellence" in TripAdvisor. Thank you so much to all your wonderful reviews!!

I love my city. I've lived back here for 15 years now! I like to show it from a local viewpoint! My favourite places are unusual ones that are off the beaten track which are often missed by many visitors. My aim is to show you these parts of Edinburgh as well as showing you the incredible history…
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Where you'll be

We wind our way all along the Royal Mile which is the oldest part of Edinburgh. We start at the Castle and walk down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse which is where the Queen resides when in Edinburgh.

Along the way we pass all the Old Town sights which include the oldest buildings in the city. We'll see the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Old Parliament House (pre 1707) and the New Parliament building which is still in use.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 63 reviews.

Ann
January 2020
Meet Helen on a very blustery Winters day in Edinburgh to have her guide us along the Royal Mile as part of her Historic Old City Tour. Helen entertained us with interesting facts about hidden gems along our walk and answered all our questions. She offered suggestions for where to go, either to visit or eat, to get an authentic Edinburgh experience. We were left with a better understanding of a lot of the history of Scotland and many of Edinburgh's unique buildings. If you want to get your bearings, learn some great history and spend time with a friendly guide who is truly passionate about their city then I highly recommend you take this tour.
Meet Helen on a very blustery Winters day in Edinburgh to have her guide us along the Royal Mile as part of her Historic Old City Tour. Helen entertained us with interesting facts…
Helen
November 2019
We initially chose this tour because it fitted in with the timings of other plans we had. We are so pleased that we did, we arrived to meet Helen and found we were the only two people on that mornings tour Straight away she put us at ease and Gave us an overview of what she was going to cover in the Next two hours. She was very keen to give us opportunity to ask any questions and offer any knowledge that we had already and she covered so much in the two hours giving us a concise history pointing out important monuments and buildings and making local folklore come to life It was a great exclusive experience and would thoroughly recommend it to get a good overview of the history of fine Edinburgh it was fabulous
We initially chose this tour because it fitted in with the timings of other plans we had. We are so pleased that we did, we arrived to meet Helen and found we were the only two p…
Saskia & Steven
November 2019
We learned SO many things we never would have learned or noticed without the host!! Being in such a historical City, it would be a shame to not want to know about its details!
Shasta
September 2019
Helen was very personable and friendly. She catered the tour to our interests and was very natural and authentic. I very much enjoyed the tour and got a good overview of Edinburgh.
Candia
September 2019
I would highly recommend Helen as your personal tour guide. She’s knowledgeable, kindly and passionate about her tour. I’m so happy we found her. In fact I recommended her to the Airbnb we stayed at in Edinburgh for future guests. Helen is delightfully Scottish.
I would highly recommend Helen as your personal tour guide. She’s knowledgeable, kindly and passionate about her tour. I’m so happy we found her. In fact I recommended her to the…
Gesine
September 2019
Helen is a so nice and she tells everything she says in such a fashion you never want to leave her, because you know there’s more to come. So please book her tours, you want regret it.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.