Private Edinburgh New Town History Tour - The Athens of the North

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From $27.87

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Wander the streets of the Georgian New Town where Scottish ingenuity paved the way to the modern era. Retrace the steps of the philosphers, artists, scientists, and engineers who dared to think of a better tomorrow and made Edinburgh a hotbed of genius. The tour concludes with beautiful views from the top of Calton Hill, where you will discover a not so ancient Greek temple and learn about a curious way to tell the time.

Our tours are private, with customisable content, duration and routes, so we can focus on the aspects of Edinburgh's history that our guests are most interested in.

Calton Hill may prove difficult for those in a wheelchair or with baby strollers. If you have any concerns please let us know prior and we can adapt your tour accordingly.

What's Included

Your own personal tour with your own private guide.

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 110

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Charlotte Square
Known as the Jewel of the New Town and designed by Robert Adam, Charlotte Square has been home to notable historical figures and it is the official residence of Scotland's First Minister. You will discover Edinburgh's finest Georgian architecture dating back to the 18th century as well as some of the most recent New Town developments.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Assembly Rooms
You will walk down George Street, taking in the magnificent and groundbreaking design that inspired many future town developments. You will learn about the innovators of the day that created much of what we take for granted, like radios, telephones, and anaesthesia, just to name a few.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Scott Monument
Moving on towards Princes Street, you will observe a curious architectural illusion as we continue down to the Scott Monument. The buildings along the way are now a mixture of the original Georgian design and influences from the 1960s. You will also get some of the best views of the School of Divinity, and learn about the less than savoury history of Princes Street Gardens.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Calton Hill
We will conclude our tour on Calton Hill where you can truly see why Edinburgh has been coined the Athens of the North. Time it right and the setting of the sun over the West End is a view not to be missed. Entry to The Nelson Monument and refreshments at the restaurant are not included in the price of this tour.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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