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Do I have to book to go on the tour?

No, but we strongly recommend you do as the tours can sell out very quickly, especially at weekends, in high summer, and at New Year. Hallowe'en is so busy you are unlikely to find a place on a tour unless you have booked in advance.

You can book online, over the phone (0131 225 5445), in person from our Duty Manager at the Mercat Cross, an eight sided monument just downhill from St Giles Cathedral on the High Street, from the Mercat office, or buy advance tickets from Tourist Information Centre on Princes Street.

Do I have to do a lot of walking on the tour?

No, the distances are not great. However we would recommend you wear sensible shoes because the ground underfoot can be uneven and occasionally steep - medieval Edinburgh wasn't built for comfort!

Will my tour run even if it is wet?

Hail, rain, wind or snow: your guide will always be there, at the Mercat Cross, to greet you. Your guide is very skilled at finding shelter from the elements, but do dress for the cold (hat/gloves) especially in the evenings and in the winter months.

Please contact us if we haven't answered any of your questions.

Travel Information

Timetables and routes

City of Edinburgh Lothian Buses and First Group between Edinburgh and other towns Citylink

Closest bus stops

George IV Bridge
Buses 23, 27, 41 and 42

North Bridge
Buses 3, 3a, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 47, x47 and 49

The Green Way To Find Us

The City of Edinburgh actively promotes the use of bicycles - another environmentally friendly way of getting to the Mercat Cross!

To order cycle route maps go to Spokes If you really want to spoil yourself, minimise the effort, and make an event out of your journey you can even book a pedicab at Pedicabs!

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Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards