Edinburgh Old Town Architecture Tour

From £27 PER ADULT

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January — December

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A 3-hour tour of Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town. Learn how the Old Town was first built up, and subsequently revamped in the second half of the 19th century in the unique Scottish Baronial Revival style that so capture the Victorian imagination.

The walk will start near Waverley Bridge with an introduction of Edinburgh history told with a backdrop Old Town panorama. The group will then delve into foreign architectural influences and the development of Scottish Baronial style as we walk through the serpentine of Cockburn street. 

Amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Town social and physical backbone, The Royal Mile, your guide will narrate the story of the city’s landmark and oldest building on the street – St Giles Cathedral. Around the corner you will discover the city’s latest post modern museum inspired by Corbusian geometries and Iron Age Pictish structures. 

Afterwards you will enjoy a sequence of atmospheric alleys, courtyards, terraces and gardens, all accompanied by your guide’s enthusiastic commentary, followed by a brief introduction of the New Town with a beautiful view towards the Firth of Forth delta. 

You will then march down the Royal Mile into Canongate, a previously independent burgh built up with nobles’ mansions. Towards the end of the tour you will be able to see how historical architecture influenced sensitive modern development in the Old Town. At last, you will savour the story of the Post Modern Arts&Crafts building – the Scottish Parliament.

Contact details

Cobble Tales
United Kingdom
Edinburgh - City Centre
Bespoke Large Group (31+) Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Chinese English French Russian
Art City History Walking

Tour prices


  • £27 Per adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Cobble Tales

Cobble Tales is an Architecture Tour Company in Edinburgh. Walks in English, Chinese Mandarin, Russian, and French, are curated and led by architecture graduates passionate about Edinburgh. Our itineraries shed light on Scots Baronial and Post Modern Old Town, Neoclassical Georgian New Town, and the secluded lush valley of Dean Village. The company is operating for a second year and has gained popularity amongst educated architecture enthusiasts as well as a visiting design and construction community, school trips and study groups from architecture/engineering and urban design fields.

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Mon-Sun 9am - 8pm

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