Royal Attractions

“I went on a school trip once to Buckingham Palace, and all I can remember is that it was really boring.” – Vanessa Kirby

Edinburgh has several royal attractions. As well as the castle there is also a palace and a yacht to visit.  We hope that you find them more interesting than Vanessa found Buckingham Palace! Especially if you are joining one of our castle tours.

Edinburgh Castle 9:30 – 17:00 (Winter) 9:30 – 18:00 (Summer) £19.50 - adult, £16.00 - over 60’s, £11.50 - child and under 5’s are free.

The most visited paid attraction in Scotland is Edinburgh Castle. With over 2 million people passing through its doors every year. The castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, due to its iconic position at the top of Castle Hill. Home to kings and queens throughout the centuries, Edinburgh Castle has a remarkable and fascinating history. With such a rich and complex history we think the best way to see the castle is on one of our tours. Throughout the tour your guide will help put the different buildings, characters and history into context and to point out all the small detail you may miss by yourself.  This will giving you a much fuller understanding of its history. Inside the castle you will also find fascinating artefacts from Scotland’s past. These include the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Holyrood Palace 9:30 – 16:30 (Winter) 9:30 – 18:00 (Summer) £15 - adults, £13 concession, £8 under 17’s

The Palace of Holyrood is the Royal Families official residence in Scotland. It is at the bottom of the Royal Mile across from the Scottish Parliament. There are 14 state rooms to explore.  There is also the Royal Gardens and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.  The Queen hosts a yearly tea party in the gardens. The Palace has lots of fascinating history. These include stories about Mary Queen of Scots as well as gruesome murders. There is also an ever-changing line up of temporary exhibits to discover at the Queens Gallery.  Your ticket allows for year long access.  This is particularly great for residents here.

Royal Yacht Britannia – 9:30 – 16:30 £16.50 - Adult, £8.75 Children, Various discounts available check website for eligibility

The Britannia was the go-to royal vessel for 44 years. Now a 5-star rated tourist attraction and events venue permanently docked in Edinburgh. There are 5 floors of Royal history to explore as well as the “Royal Deck” tearoom. Included in your entry is an audio tour that guides you through the yacht as well as giving you information on what you are seeing. One of the top-rated attractions in Edinburgh, this is certainly worth a visit. You can buy tickets online or in their gift shop at Ocean Terminal.

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Old Town, History and Tales

Amusing stroll in Edinburgh. Lovely tour, Ben being a hilarious guide, telling things you don't find in a tourist book, interesting stories, showing hidden gems. Perfect, thanks.

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