Free New Town Tour

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Free New Town Tour

Discover the great transformation of Edinburgh

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Free Walking Tour of the New Town

If you are keen to delve deeper into the history of Edinburgh, if you'd like to avoid its most touristed spots or if you want to discover its best kept secrets, you can not miss the Free New Town Tour.

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"Graeme was excellent, very knowledgeable and engaging. Highly recommended this tour of Edinburgh"


TripAdvisor (Nov. 20)

That was my first free tour

"Fraser the guide was really cool and knowledgeable and took us through the hidden stories of the amazing Edinburgh"


TripAdvisor (Oct. 20)

Excellent - tour guide was really good!

"So insightful on the tales of Scotland and it’s rich history. Our guide was truly a great storyteller."


TripAdvisor (Oct. 20)

Historic tour and ghost tour

"The pace of the tour was perfect and easy to follow. 1000% recommend these super friendly guides!"


TripAdvisor (Oct. 20)

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Gardens in the Free New Town Tour
National Gallery of Scotland in the Free New Town Tour
Visit to the Scott Monument during the Free New Town Tour
Tour Description

In the Free New Town Tour you'll discover all the secrets of one of the most historical neighbourhoods in Edinburgh, a declared Unesco heritage site, and fascinate yourself with the transformation experienced by one of Europe's leading cities in the Age of Enlightenment.

During the second half of the XVIII century, Edinburgh passed from being a dark, dirty and uncomfortable city to be a modern and open centre which welcomed some of the most brilliant minds of the European Enlightenment. In this Free Tour of its New Town you'll get to know how it managed to influence the today's world.

Take a walk through the most elegant area of Edinburgh, enjoy its gardens and parks, its incomparable views, and take advantage to take some of the best photos spots of the city. Discover the most interesting shops, pubs and restaurants of Edinburgh and appreciate a 100% Scottish experience.

The construction of the New Town and the great transformation of Edinburgh
The ideas of the Scottish Enlightment
The Scottish inventions and their great influence througout all the world
The Princes Street Gardens, the most appreciated by Edinburgh citizens
Some of the best neoclassic and Georgian architectural examples in the UK
The evolution of the old financial district of Edinburgh
The Scottish Prime Minister's house and Scottish politics
The Scottish National Gallery
Calton Hill, the acropolis of Edinburgh
The best panoramas of Edinburgh
The main street for shops, pubs and restaurants
The memorials of the Scottish heroes
...and much more!

To ensure the highest quality of our Free Tours, groups of more than 14 people should book a Private Tour.

If you are arranging a booking for a School Group, please book a Private Tour.

This will allow us to give you a more personalized experience. Thanks for your understanding!

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Free New Town Tour!

Showing up is fine in most cases. However, you will have priority with a booking if tours reach their capacity.

Meeting Point

The FREE New Town Tour starts on The Royal Mile, just in front of a bar called Copper Still (154 High Street).

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