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Hidden Georgian Gems Walking Tour in Edinburgh

George Street is one of the grandest in Edinburgh and home to many Scottish institutions where over 200 years of history have left an impressive legacy.

As your guide reveals some of the hidden architectural gems, you will enjoy privileged access to the grandeur of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the sumptuous Northern Lighthouse Board and elaborate The Grand Lodge of Scotland.

You will also see the house of the most famous resident, the author Sir Walter Scott, whose house was a different type of "palace".

Famous homes, noted residents, startling Georgian fashions, extravagant interiors... you will discover them all along this street of splendor.

Highlights:

  • A historical tour of the premier street in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town
  • Rare access to the finest interior features of some of George Street’s famous buildings
  • See where distinguished scientists, inventors and philosophers tested their mettle

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a lot of walking on this tour?
No: the distances are not great. However it is recommended you wear sensible shoes because the ground underfoot can be uneven and occasionally steep.

Will the tour run even if it is wet?
Hail, rain, wind or snow: your guide will always be there 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.

Will the guide be dressed up for the tour?
There is a strict dress code for all tour staff. The daytime guides wear smart, dark clothing: the evening guides wear distinctive cloaks. All guides wear their tour badge.

How many will there be on the tour?
We cap numbers to ensure that all customers can see, hear and enjoy a quality experience. The maximum number of places on most tours is 40 per guide.

Are the tours suitable for people with disabilities?
A short synopses of your tour will be provided for those with hearing difficulties (please alert us beforehand that you are coming) and guides have worked well alongside someone who signs for deaf customers.

Please note: The poorly sighted or blind would need to be accompanied during the tour. We believe the skill of our guides as storytellers and the craft with which they use their voices to create atmosphere make for an enjoyable experience for those totally dependent on listening. Essential carers go free.

Can children under 5 years come on a tour?
For health and safety reasons we are unable to allow children under 5 years of age on any tour.

Can children 5 - 15 years be booked onto a tour without an adult?
No: All children on tours must be accompanied by an adult.

We've been on tours where some customers have spoiled it for us with loud, disruptive and sometimes drunken behavior. What do you do about this?
We reserve the right to refuse entry on any tour to disruptive customers. Even if the disruptive behavior only emerges once the tour has begun our guides are instructed to invite the person(s) to leave. Our priority is to ensure a quality, enjoyable experience for all.

Are there toilets on the premises?
We do not have public toilets on the Blair Street premises. There are several coffee shops, restaurants and bars very near the tour meeting point where you can use this facility.

What happens if I am late for the beginning of the tour?
If you are late by a few minutes, you can of course join the tour. If you are late by more than 15 minutes it would not be possible to join the tour as you will have missed too much of the tour content.

Do you have lifts on the premises?
Sorry no lifts due to the historic nature of the site.

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour does not include hotel pick-up; departure location will be specified on E-Ticket. Children between 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted due to health and safety reasons. Rates are in US dollars. Please reserve online or call us toll-free at 888-235-0037.

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