History Walks

Mile to the Museum & National Museum of Scotland

About this tour

Discover the story of Scotland through our capital city and our National Museum. You will see the places where history happened, follow our story through iconic exhibitions and complete your tour at the Museum Brasserie with tea and a scone.

You’ll meet your Mercat guide in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town at the Mercat Cross, the site of executions and proclamations. Together you will explore key locations and stories hidden around the Royal Mile. See a city of the past, which goes unnoticed for many, a city where commoners, Queens and criminals once walked. 

Iconic Scottish objects mixed with streets soaked in history

Follow your guide to the National Museum of Scotland where our nation’s treasures are stored. Once inside your Mercat tour guide will introduce the Scottish collections. You’ll step through Scotland’s history, using key objects, and hear how they all have shaped our past, present and future.

Once you’ve learned of Scotland’s past you’re free to further explore the museum and, when you’re ready for refreshment, enjoy tea and a freshly baked scone in the Museum Brasserie.

In Summary

  • Discover the history of the Old Town and its place in history
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the National Museum of Scotland
  • Relish fine tea and freshly baked scones at our national museum  

Customer review

"The Mile to the Museum tour is fantastic! If you love history, this tour is for you."

Casey, Google.

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Dates & times

April - October: 10:00 & 14:00 Thursday to Saturday

November - March: 10:00 Saturday only, 14:00 Saturday & Sunday

Children over 5 years of age are very welcome!
You do need to be over 5 years old to join our tours.

Duration

  • 1 hours 30 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: National Museum of Scotland entrance

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In Summary

  • Discover the history of the Old Town and its place in history
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the National Museum of Scotland
  • Relish fine tea and freshly baked scones at our national museum  

Customer review

"The Mile to the Museum tour is fantastic! If you love history, this tour is for you."

Casey, Google.

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