Do I have to book to go on the tour?

We have limited tickets to ensure the best small group experience. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Book in advance to:

• guarantee your place on the tour of your choice
• get the best ticket price, only available on our website
• receive your special returner’s discount of £2 off your next tour

You can book here on our website, over the phone at 0131 225 5445 or in person from the Mercat Cross (our starting point) or from our office on 28 Blair Street, EH1 1QR.

Where does the tour start?

All tours start at the Mercat Cross, an octagonal stone monument on the Royal Mile, opposite the City Chambers. You can find it using postcode EH1 1RF.

Do you limit the group size?

Yes, we do limit numbers to ensure that all visitors can see, hear and enjoy a 5 star experience!

Listening to our visitor's feedback, we have reduced our capacity on all tours to 18 people to give a better experience. Occasionally we may limit these numbers further depending on the content of the tour. 

Can I take photos?

Photography for personal enjoyment is encouraged on all our tours - and we'd love to see them! Please share on social and tag #MercatTours. We know you’ll have a wonderful experience you want to capture. We do have a few guidelines we ask all our visitors to follow to help everyone have the best experience possible. Our photo policy helps all visitors be considerate to others on the tour and to your guide. Don't use flash photography in our vaults and tripods are not practical.


Can I just turn up and pay cash before the tour?

Small groups means tickets are limited so we recommend to book in advance to avoid disappointment.  We can have standby tickets available at the Mercat Cross and we accept card payments, dependent on availability.

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