Majestic Edinburgh Tour - 1 day tour
Majestic Edinburgh Tour
One day tour
Explore the Georgian New Town, then escape the hustle and bustle of city life at the Royal Botanical Gardens. In Leith, there's the opportunity of visiting the former Royal Yacht Britannia before heading to the famous Royal Mile to see the Place of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament Building.
Hop-on, Hop-off - your ticket is valid for 24 hours with 13 stops
Georgian New Town - discover the classical architecture and sprawling gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Royal Botanical Gardens - stroll through 70 acres of gardens to experience one of the most significant plant collections in the World
Royal Yacht Britannia - tour this floating Palace that served HM The Queen for over 40 years
Palace of Holyroodhouse - explore the State apartments of the Royal residence and tour the romantic ruins of Holyrood Abbey
Scottish Parliament Building - see the modern home of the Scottish Parliament that sits in the heart of the Old Town
Movie locations - Sunshine on Leith, The Illusionist and Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Full Tour Itinerary
As the Capital City of Scotland, Edinburgh has many Royal connections. This fascinating tour visits two of the most important sites, together with many other attractions.
Starting in the heart of Edinburgh's Georgian New Town we tour through St Andrew Square then along Princes Street to see the colourful gardens and the magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle.
Hop off at the Royal Botanical Gardens to explore the extensive grounds which include the rock garden, Chinese hillside and the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden - all featuring the Edinburgh Skyline as a backdrop. The 10 magnificent glasshouses contain over 8,000 plants including specimens from the tropics and the South American rainforest.
Launched in 1953, Britannia has travelled over a million miles in the service of HM The Queen and members of the Royal Family. Step aboard to see the beautiful State dining room and Royal apartments, then visit the Bridge and below-deck crew quarters
Located at the foot of Arthurs Seat in Queen's Park sits the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of HM The Queen in Scotland. During a tour of the apartments, you can see the Throne Room, the Royal Dining Room and the Kings Bedchamber.
In the Palace grounds you can visit ancient Holyrood Abbey and the delightful Gardens, the venue for The Queen's annual Garden Party.
The tour ends with a drive up along the famous Royal Mile passing the Scottish Parliament Building, Canongate Kirk and John Knox House.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this City Tour?
Without doubt the best way to discover Scotland’s great cities is to enjoy one of our hop-on, hop-off bus tours. Take the full tour to orient yourself then use your ticket as the most convenient way of getting between the key sights and attractions.
All our City Tours are operated by modern double-deck buses whose open-top design provides the best vantage point for sightseeing.
There are frequent departures (up to every 15 minutes) and tickets are valid for 24 hours.
All tours provide a full commentary in English and on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours in other major languages too.
If you’re travelling with children these tours are a fun and entertaining way to discover your new surroundings - look out for the special kid’s commentary tracks.
Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?
The cost of the tour is for transport only and admission fees to attractions are not included.
What is included in the price of the tour?
Our ticket price includes transportation by open-top or part-covered double deck bus with either a live commentary in English or personal recorded commentary.
Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you exchange your voucher for a tour ticket.
Keep your ticket in a safe place as it cannot be replaced if you lose it.
What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine all year round. The buses that are used on the tour have been specially designed with a covered area at the front of the upper deck offering protection from the elements.
How will I know where to get off?
There are so many places to explore on these tours. The key attractions at each stop are announced so that you’ll know where to alight.
You’ll also be given a handy tour map that lists the places you’ll want to visit.
- Transport by open-top bus
- Personal recorded commentary in English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Bus Stop YD
28 St Andrew Square
Edinburgh, EH2 1AF
Check-in: 09:20 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:35 hrs
Tour Returns: 16:35 hrs
Concession discount applies to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
Children aged under 5 years travel free of charge (maximum of 2 per paying adult).
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Tour duration/Tickets Valid/Departures
60 minutes/24 hours/up to every 30 minutes
In order to give you maximum flexibility, admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.