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Edinburgh City Tours

Take some time to explore the City of Edinburgh, voted one of the top 10 most beautiful in the world and discover culture, epic history and heartwarming tales.  There are many Edinburgh city tour companies which specialise in guided tours of Edinburgh but here are a few that we recommend: 

Edinburgh City Tours - Bus & Walking

  • EDINBURGH BUS TOUR | Waverley Bridge | T: 0131 220 0770 | However long you are in Edinburgh and whatever you want to see, they have a tour for you. Choose from live guided tours around the city centre or longer trips to Leith or the Forth Bridges.
  • SANDEMANS EDINBURGH TOURS | Various Meeting Points | Home of the Famous Edinburgh Free Tour with some of the best guides in the business.
  • LOCAL EYES (SMALL GROUP TOURS) | T:07769 265 952 | Edinburgh is a city best discovered on foot and this company offers a variety of Walking Tours.
  • CITY OF EDINBURGH TOURS | Old Police Box, Tron Kirk | T: 0131 220 6868 | This company specailises in ghost & history tours of Edinburgh including our famous underground vaults.
  • EDINBURGH PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS | T: 0779 533 7778 | James Christie is a world renowned and internationally published, professional photographer and he will take you on a four hour walking / photography and sightseeing tour around the major attractions in Edinburgh’s vibrant and famous Old Town.
  • EDINBURGH LITERARY PUB TOUR | The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket | T: 0131 226 6665 | Join the intrepid duo, Clart (as in muck!) and their clean-hankied intellectual McBrain, who will lead you on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the wynds, courtyards and pubs of Edinburgh’s Old and New Town. A hilarious duel of wits across three hundred years of great writing and colourful characters!
  • MERCAT TOURS | The Mercat Cross, Royal Mile | T: 0131 225 5445 | History walks and ghost tours from Edinburgh’s award-winning storytellers.
  • CITY OF THE DEAD TOURS | St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile | T: 0131 225 9044 | Founded in 1999, Black Hart Entertainment runs the world famous City of the Dead walks in Edinburgh – The Haunted Graveyard Tour, Underground City of the Dead and Double Dead Tours.
  • AULD REEKIE TOURS | 45 Niddry Street | T: 0131 557 4700 | Paranormally active and haunted network of 1700’s underground vaults, as featured on television by “Most Haunted Live”.


OUR QUEENS GUEST HOUSE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED!Due to the pandemic emergency that is affecting the tourist industry, we have sadly decided to make the Queens Guest House inoperative until further notice.

Dear Valued Guest,

After the announcement by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and subsequent conference from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, we are writing to you letting you know the immediate impact of these announcements.

As you are aware the last six months since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the hospitality and tourism sector has been disproportionately affected. We were hoping that by now we would be seeing restrictions easing and the recovery of the tourism sector. However, this has not been the case; visitor numbers to the city have collapsed. And with further tightening of restrictions, possibly running on for another six months, well into next year, there is no end in sight.

Therefore we have made the difficult but only viable decision, to shut down for the Autumn and Winter period. With the number of infections rising exponentially and little or no sign of recovery in terms of tourist and guest numbers, then there is no way we can remain open and financially viable.

If you have a booking with us, or a voucher to redeem then please contact us in the spring, we are hoping that we can reopen again, on April 1st 2021.

We can imagine that this may be a difficult time for our guests, and this news will not be easy to digest, but currently, there is no viable business or means to remain open. We are hoping things will have significantly improved by April 2021. It also means we and our potential guests have clarity for the winter season and into next year.

Kind regards,


 CVH hotels.