Old Town Architecture Tour

Operated by: Cobble Tales
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27.00 (GBP)

In this 3 hour walking tour you will visit the oldest buildings in the city and learn their fascinating and complex history. Departing from the Edinburgh iCentre, you will truly feel the medieval spirit of the burgh on the walking tour amongst the countless turrets and gables. The walking tour ends just outside the Scottish Parliament, which you can visit to really appreciate the power of architectural thought applied to this building.

  • Discover the grand and the hidden buildings, courtyards and closes.
  • Find some few remaining original Scottish Baronial buildings.
  • See the whole of central Edinburgh Old Town in a short time.

AVAILABILITY

Daily

DURATION

3 hours

START LOCATION

Edinburgh iCentre

END LOCATION

Scottish Parliament

TOUR LANGUAGE

English, French, Mandarin, Russian, Lithuanian

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Detailed Description

The 3 hour walk will begin in the Edinburgh iCentre, near Waverley Bridge with an introduction of Edinburgh history told with a backdrop Old Town panorama.

You will then deepen into foreign architectural influences and the development of Scottish Baronial style as we walk through the serpentine of Cockburn street. Your guide will tell you the story of the city’s landmarks and oldest building on the street, St Giles Cathedral.

Around the corner you will discover the city’s latest postmodern museum inspired by Corbusian geometries and Iron Age Pictish structures. You will walk through alleys, courtyards, terraces and gardens followed by a brief introduction of the New Town with a beautiful view towards the Firth of Forth delta.

Then you will walk down the Royal Mile into Canongate, a previously separate burgh built up with nobles’ mansions. At last, you will learn the story of the Post-Modern Arts&Crafts building, the Scottish Parliament.

Ticket Price (GBP)
General (P/P) 27.00 (GBP)

10:00 AM

Departure option 1


2:00 PM

Departure option 2


- Please wear sensible shoes for a walking tour as the areas we visit have cobbled streets and uneven pavement due historical ages of the sites.

If one of our architecture tours is rescheduled, changed or moved, Cobble Tales will give you the option of either retaining and exchanging your tickets for a new date/tour, or alternatively claiming a full refund.

In the unlikely event that the architecture tour is cancelled by Cobble Tales you will be refunded in full.

Cancellation of an architecture tour is accepted with at least 48 hours’ notice.

Cancellation within 48 hours of any tour commencing will be treated as the tour being fulfilled and no refunds will be given unless cancellation of tours happens due to extreme weather. An alternative date/time will be offered.

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