NEW TOWN TOUR ~ 2 Hours

from/per person £30
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  • Approx. 2 Hour
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  • Audio guide
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Description

New Town Tour

The New Town came into being because the Old Town outgrew its medieval city walls in the 18th century. An architectural competition to reflect the Age of Enlightenment was won by a young 26-year-old called James Craig. His ambitious master plan for the first New Town saw it built across the valley now occupied by Princes Street Gardens and the main railway line. It is considered a masterpiece of city planning and together with the Old Town, was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. The New Town still retains much of its neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. Its most famous street is Princes Street, facing Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town across the geographical depression of the former Nor Loch where they used to drown suspected witches. Princes Street hosts the annual Hogmanay Party (New Year’s Eve) celebrations which hosted the world’s largest party in 1997 with over 400,000 revellers in attendance.

What's included:

See below the list of major points of interest that the New Town Tour will include. Along the way we will also include some gems hidden away from the well-trodden tourist routes.

  • Princes Street
  • Calton Hill
  • George Street
  • St. Andrew’s Square
  • Charlotte Square
  • Bute House
  • Dean Village
  • Comely Bank
  • The Georgian House
  • St. Stephens Church
  • Circus Lane
  • Fettes College
  • Stockbridge
  • Dundas Street
  • Charlotte Square (Finish)
PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH CHILD MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND BE 5 YEARS OLD OR OVER.

Office Hours

Monday To Sunday08:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Our Services


  • Pick – Up Service

    If your hotel/accommodation is located in Central Edinburgh (postcodes EH1, EH2 & EH3) we will pick you up at your hotel. Alternatively, meet us at 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR UK. Vehicles are located at the rear of the apartments. (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP).

  • POINTS OF INTEREST

    2 Hours is enough time to see all the sites listed as they can all be found in a carefully planned route of approximately 7 miles.

  • Stop Off Points

    We have allowed two stop off points along the route where you can get out and stretch your legs and take the opportunity to take some pictures. Our drivers will be only too happy to take pictures of you and your group.

  • Tour Finish

    We will finish the tour at Calton Hill where you can take the opportunity to climb to the top and see the panoramic vista of the whole of Edinburgh. You can also take in the lovely views across the city to the coast. It’s a short and fairly easy climb which leads to some of the city’s best views and is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic monuments and the City Observatory.