Old Town (Extended)

Architecture Walking Tour

For true explorers

Edinburgh Old Town closes and courtyards hide unexpected vistas, gardens, picturesque buildings and  historical locations. It is too much to fit in a shorter walk, but if you are truly curious to discover all that Old Town has to offer, this tour is for you. 

You will experience all the highlights featuring in the shorter Old Town tour, such as understanding the Scottish Baronial Style and post-modern award-winning architecture. On top of that you will discover the remains of ancient Edinburgh city wall, find more ins&outs than an Edinburgh local would know, and take in the greenery of Royal Mile hidden gardens. We will break for a meal in a lavish Neoclassical setting of Signet Library **(meal price not included).

4.5-5h

English |
Russian | Lithuanian

Start next to Tourist Office
Finish near the Parliament

Meal in an atmospheric Scottish restaurant

In Small Group

up to 5 persons
£ 47
pp
  • Tours will depart with minimum 2 people. If you are by yourself, pick a tour that already has customers signed up, or select a private tour option.
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Private

starting from
£ 188
per tour
  • Minimum payment for a private tour equals 4 persons's fee. If you require a tour outside of our regular schedule, email for a specific date and time.​

Large Groups

from 9 persons
CUSTOM
PRICES
  • Great prices for study trips, and corporate visits. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 people (Max 25 per guide). Special theme requests welcome.

Full Description of the Extended Old Town Architecture Tour

The walk will start near Waverley Bridge with an introduction of Edinburgh history told with a backdrop Old Town panorama. The group will then delve into foreign architectural influences and the development of Scottish Baronial style as we walk through the serpentine of Cockburn street. 
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Town social and physical backbone, The Royal Mile, your guide will narrate the story of the city’s landmark and oldest building on the street – St Giles Cathedral. Around the corner you will discover the city’s latest post modern museum inspired by Corbusian geometries and Iron Age Pictish structures. 

After visiting Grassmarket and admiring the spectacular change of levels on Victoria Terrace, the group will discover a series of historical courtyards full of Scottish Baronial gems, such as James court, Riddle court and Ramsay garden where we will learn about the influence that a visionary biologist turned town planner Patric Geddes had on the Edinburgh Old Town.
Following a brief introduction of the New Town with a beautiful view towards the Firth of Forth delta, the party will sit down for lunch  in a magnificent Signet library** that was converted into a restaurant of nouveau Scottish Cuisine.

We will then march down the Royal Mile into Canongate, a previously separate burgh built up with nobles’ mansions and sneak into little hidden orchards such as Trunks Close, Dunbar Garden, and Chessel’s Court. 

Towards the end of the tour you will be able to see how historical architecture influenced sensitive modern development in the Old Town. At last, you will savour the story of the Post Modern Arts&Crafts building – the Scottish Parliament.

**Break in Signet Library is subject to their availability. We book a table as soon as your booking is confirmed, but they can sometimes be already full or closed for a private function. In that case we find and agree an amazing alternative restaurant with you.

Things you can do before and after the Old Town Tour

The sign outside Tourist information Centre

Edinburgh iCentre

If you get to our meeting point early, why not plan the rest of your visit to Edinburgh or Scotland by visiting the tourist information centre.

Architecture of the Debating Chamber at the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

The walking tour ends just outside the Scottish Parliament, which you can visit to rally appreciate the power of architectural thought applied to this building.

Two people drinking tea after a walking tour

Café at the Palace

After the tour, rest your legs and have a warm beverage in the beautiful setting of Palace Café, indoor and garden seating available.