Explore the Canongate and Old Town on

one of our most picturesque Edinburgh tours

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Just inside the ‘ amphitheatre’ section of Dynamic Earth. Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, EH8 8AS
Special editions of this tour will be announced on our Facebook page. Booking essential
Stories of Kings and Queens, rich and poor, famous and infamous will enthral you as you walk up the slope of the Royal Mile. Your local Edinburgh guide will show you what many visitors miss on our 'Capital Story – A tale of the Canongate and Old Edinburgh’ walking tour.

Canongate Kirkyard

We love this place and we will make the most of the picturesque Canongate Kirkyard on your tour. You’ll visit the graves of Adam Smith, father of modern economics and Agnes McLehouse, a lady who was one of the loves of Robert Burns. There’s a lot to discover in this graveyard!

Your Canongate and Old Town of Edinburgh

walking tour

The first part of your tour takes place in the Canongate. Once a separate town, with a distinctly different feel to it, the Canongate is often missed by guided tours but it’s a fundamental part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll get plenty of time to experience the history of what is now part of the City of Edinburgh. Bring a camera with you as you'll certainly want to capture images of some of Edinburgh’s evocative historical buildings.

White Horse close - Heritage and history

The Canongate has some of the most picturesque places in what is now known as ‘Old Edinburgh.' We’ll take you to White Horse Close, absolutely ‘picture postcard’ stuff and we’ll take you to the even more authentic Bakehouse Close. Both places give you that beautiful feeling of actually seeing and experiencing some Old Town charm. By the time we’ve thrown in a peek at Holyrood Palace and Abbey AND a look at the John Knox House, you’ll feel you have been walking through history!
A Dynamic Start Your Canongate and Old Town of Edinburgh tour starts at Dynamic Earth - a brilliant viewpoint for us to see the nearby Arthur’s Seat, Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park. Edinburgh and the Canongate existed because of the ‘Crag and tail’ formation of the Castle Crag and the ‘tail’ on which the Royal Mile now sits. This tour doesn’t just explain that - it lets you FEEL it as we walk up the rise of the ‘tail’! We still think this is a good thing!

The John Knox House

We spend a bit of time exploring this area of the Royal Mile. We’ll reveal to you the military importance of the narrow Netherbow, the street on which the John Knox House sits, and we’ll then look at the story of the John Knox House. It’s a story which takes in one of the most divided periods in Scotland’s history - a civil war - a story which had fatal consequences for the original owner of the house. We will also look at the story of John Knox, one of Scotland’s leading Protestant reformers.

The Young Pretender

One of the most romantic figures in Scottish history is the ‘Young Pretender’, Prince Charles Edward Stewart, or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ as he’s often known. We’ll look at his time in Edinburgh in 1745 a few times on this tour, from learning about the importance of Holyrood Palace to seeing where he billeted his officers. We will even re- create his surprise attack on the Netherbow Port. Your Edinburgh guide knows this area intimately, and it features on our schools' Jacobite tour.
Your Canongate and Old Edinburgh walking tour. Canongate Kirk in early Spring. Your Edinburgh tour guide in action on the Canongate tour. The John Knox House is one of Edinburgh's most famous historic buildings. Bonnie Prince Charlie. White Horse Close at the foot of the Canongate.

Tickets and prices >

£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard
Serious stuff!
Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
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YOUR CANONGATE AND EDINBURGH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
“Wow! What a guy, we booked this two hour Canongate evening history tour prior to our first visit to Edinburgh after reading his excellent reviews BUT it's even better than first class if that's possible! He still ran this tour even though there was only the two of us, how kind, his enthusiasm, passion for his homeland and knowledge is unbelievable....if our school history lesson had been this interesting we may have gained an A* ! Jo B TripAdvisor review - 20/5/2018
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“Our guide, Robert was very knowledgeable, both of the area and local history. Having lived in Edinburgh for nearly 50 years, l visited places that night l had never been before, seen things l hadn't even noticed (despite walking past them on a daily basis) and learnt something about my own city. Go on this at least once, whether you're a local or a visitor to the city, you won't be disappointed.” TripAdvisor review by Sean B - July 2015

Meeting place >

Just inside the ‘ amphitheatre’ section of Dynamic Earth. Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, EH8 8AS
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard
Stories of Kings and Queens, rich and poor, famous and infamous will enthral you as you walk up the slope of the Royal Mile. Your local Edinburgh guide will show you what many visitors miss on our 'Capital Story – A tale of the Canongate and Old Edinburgh’ walking tour.

Tour times >

Special editions of this tour will be announced on our Facebook page. Booking essential

Tickets and prices for a scheduled tour >

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
Explore the Canongate and Old Town on one of our most picturesque Edinburgh tours

A Dynamic Start

Your Canongate and Old Town of Edinburgh tour starts at Dynamic Earth - a brilliant viewpoint for us to see the nearby Arthur’s Seat, Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park. Edinburgh and the Canongate existed because of the ‘Crag and tail’ formation of the Castle Crag and the ‘tail’ on which the Royal Mile now sits. This tour doesn’t just explain that - it lets you FEEL it as we walk up the rise of the ‘tail’! We still think this is a good thing…!
The first part of your tour takes place in the Canongate. Once a separate town, with a distinctly different feel to it, the Canongate is often missed by guided tours but it’s a fundamental part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll get plenty of time to experience the history of what is now part of the City of Edinburgh. Bring a camera with you as you'll certainly want to capture images of some of Edinburgh’s evocative historical buildings.
YOUR CANONGATE AND EDINBURGH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
HISTORIC EDINBURGH TOURS ARE RATED FIVE-STARS ON TRIPADVISOR
“Wow! What a guy, we booked this two hour Canongate evening history tour prior to our first visit to Edinburgh after reading his excellent reviews BUT it's even better than first class if that's possible! He still ran this tour even though there was only the two of us, how kind, his enthusiasm, passion for his homeland and knowledge is unbelievable....if our school history lesson had been this interesting we may have gained an A* !” Jo B TripAdvisor review - 20/5/2018
“Having lived in Edinburgh for nearly 50 years, l visited places that night l had never been before, seen things l hadn't even noticed (despite walking past them on a daily basis) and learnt something about my own city. Go on this at least once, whether you're a local or a visitor to the city, you won't be disappointed.” TripAdvisor review by Sean B - July 2015
White Horse Close - Heritage and history The Canongate has some of the most picturesque places in what is now known as ‘Old Edinburgh.' We’ll take you to White Horse Close, absolutely ‘picture postcard’ stuff and we’ll take you to the even more authentic Bakehouse Close. Both places give you that beautiful feeling of actually seeing and experiencing some Old Town charm. By the time we’ve thrown in a peek at Holyrood Palace and Abbey AND a look at the John Knox House, you’ll feel you have been walking through history!
Canongate Kirkyard We love this place and we will make the most of the picturesque Canongate Kirkyard on your tour. You’ll visit the graves of Adam Smith, father of modern economics and Agnes McLehouse, a lady who was one of the loves of Robert Burns. There’s a lot to discover in this graveyard!
The John Knox House We spend a bit of time exploring this area of the Royal Mile. We’ll reveal to you the military importance of the narrow Netherbow, the street on which the John Knox House sits, and we’ll then look at the story of the John Knox House. It’s a story which takes in one of the most divided periods in Scotland’s history - a civil war - a story which had fatal consequences for the original owner of the house. We will also look at the story of John Knox, one of Scotland’s leading Protestant reformers.

The Young Pretender

One of the most romantic figures in Scottish history is the ‘Young Pretender’, Prince Charles Edward Stewart, or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ as he’s often known. We’ll look at his time in Edinburgh in 1745 a few times on this tour, from learning about the importance of Holyrood Palace to seeing where he billeted his officers. We will even re-create his surprise attack on the Netherbow Port. Your Edinburgh guide knows this area intimately, and it features on our schools' Jacobite tour.
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