What Has Edinburgh Ever Done For Us?

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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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What Has Edinburgh Ever Done For Us? takes visitors on a guided walking tour of Edinburgh as seen through its world-beating history of invention and discovery.

It takes in both the Old Town and New Town, with nooks and crannies along the way, recounting the stories of the people who invented refrigeration, the telephone, the fire brigade, the fax machine, the spacesuit, waterproof clothing, anaesthetic, and so much more.

The guide is a journalist who has researched inventions and discoveries over many years and has published the definitive book on the inventions and discoveries of Scotland, England and Wales: The Complete Book of British Firsts.

The tour will give an insight into what made Edinburgh such a world-renowned centre for invention and innovation, and how it has changed the world.

What's Included

A guide who has extensively researched the inventions and discoveries covered.

Accompaniment back to the starting point if desired.

Visual illustrations for some of the events covered.

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 8 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 99

Additional Info

  • Service animals allowed
  • Service animals allowed

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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • 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

Royal Mile
The guide will meet you at the statue of David Hume outside the High Court on Lawnmarket, the Royal Mile. Here he will introduce the amazing history of invention and discovery in Edinburgh before proceeding along the High Street and nearby closes to point out the inventions of the fire service, the decimal point, the blackboard and many more.

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

University of Edinburgh
The tour will continue on to Drummond Street and along to the beautiful Old College of Edinburgh University, highlighting inventions including the artificial ice skating rink, wind power and the cash machine.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Greyfriars Kirkyard
At Greyfriars Kirkyard we will visit the graves of the two men who between them showed just how old the world is and just how far away are the stars.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

West Bow Well
From Greyfriars Kirkyard we head along the beautiful West Bow back to the closes of the Royal Mile, where we learn about inventions including air conditioning and downhill skiing, and literary firsts including the full-length biography and the historical novel.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Princes Street and Gardens
From James' Court we make our way towards the New Town via the Mound and Princes Street, taking in the world's first floral clock, the first snowmelt road, and the invention of the fax machine.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Charlotte Square
From Princes Street, we head along Rose Street to Charlotte Square, where we hear about the invention of the digestive biscuit, the telephone, the gas mask and the space suit among others.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St Andrew Square
From Charlotte Square we head back along Queen Street to St Andrew Square, taking in the discoveries of anaesthetics, life in the depths of the oceans, microwaves and x-rays, and the taking of the first colour photograph, among many others.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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