What better way to start your bus tour journey than at Waverley Bridge and enjoy the ride as we drive you to some of the finest, culture-rich destinations in Edinburgh. Experience the great historic marketplace, Grassmarket at Bus Stop 3, located right in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Hop-off at Bus Stop 7 to learn all about the history of Edinburgh in the National Museum of Scotland on the famous Chambers Street.
Next on the agenda at Bus Stop 8 is the John Knox House, a magnificent medieval building dating back all the way to the 15th century. We’ll even take you right to Our Dynamic Earth Grassmarket – a great historic market in the Old Town, the John Knox House. Fancy a stroll while you’re visiting? We recommend you hop-off at Bus Stop 9 and take a walk around Canongate, where you’ll see some glorious buildings, or at Bus Stop 10 at Holyrood, where you can roam around the royal park and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
If you love all about science then we’ll even take you right to Our Dynamic Earth, just hop-off at Bus Stop 11! Just relax and let our exclusive red buses take care of the road. Keep your camera ready for great selfies as we drive you by the most iconic corners on the city and hop-off as soon as you spot something you would like to explore further. You can hop back on at any time! Buy your ticket online today and start picking your favourite bus stops to hop off at.
1. Waverley Bridge
2. Lothian Road
4. Lauriston Place
5. Johnston Terrace
7. Chambers Street
8. John Knox House
11. Our Dynamic Earth
12. Regent Road
13. Hanover Street
14. Market Street
Passengers can hop-on and hop-off at any of the 14 tour stops along the route.
If you’d prefer, stay on the tour for a full loop, taking between 60 – 80 minutes.
Vouchers must be printed to be exchanged for a City Sightseeing bus ticket in location.
The audio commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian. Plus a Kids Commentary (Horrible Histories)
Buses are wheelchair accessible.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent reign. Mary was married at Holyroodhouse and witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary Rizzio by her jealous second husband, Lord Darnley, in her private apartments. The Palace briefly served as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 uprising.
Today the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
What there is to see:
The State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and magnificent furnishings, particularly the unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. One of the most famous rooms in the Palace is the Great Gallery, hung with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of the real and legendary kings of Scotland. Included on the visit, a display focuses on the Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland. The Order honours Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a particular way to national life. Shown alongside historic insignia is an example of the mantle worn at the Thistle ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, which The Queen attends during her visit to the Palace in July.
From 1 April to 31 October the gardens, which are today used for garden parties, can be included as part of a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visitors to the gardens must keep to the paths, which are about 400 yards long.
The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection