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About this tour

Tread the route of royals, past and present – and let your expert guide unlock the history of this ancient seat of power. Discover the hidden history of the Canongate, and the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Discover an approach to the palace that escapes the notice of history books and bus tours. As you walk down the quiet closes of the Canongate your expert guide will show you a different side of the royal city – in rich, engaging detail.

Here, rebellious Jacobites clattered over the cobbles, led by a proud Bonnie Prince Charlie. And Deacon Brodie led his dual life as locksmith and thief, immortalised by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the hands of your gifted storyteller, you’ll find that romance and intrigue are everywhere – in the architecture, literature, crime and politics, on the very doorstep of the Queen’s Palace.

Your chance to explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

After the Canongate, your guide will introduce the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse – which you’ll explore in your own time. You’ll find 14 magnificent state apartments, as well as the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.

The palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots – and Her Majesty The Queen still makes use of the State Apartments for royal ceremonies.

Book this tour

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*Family ticket covers 2 adults and 2 children between 5 - 15 years

*Concession tickets apply to seniors and students, with valid ID.

Your Edinburgh tour at a glance

Book this tour if you'd like to...

  • Journey through the ancient, picturesque burgh of the Canongate
  • Meander through beautiful, hidden closes and gardens
  • Explore Holyrood Palace, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland
  • Hear tales of past royal residents including Mary, Queen of Scots

Time, length & age

Daily: 11.00am

Children over five years of age are very welcome!

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Holyrood Palace, Canongate

Please Note - the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on the following dates:

16 - 27 May 2017
27 June - 8 July 2017
25 - 26 December 2017

award award

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