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The Alternative Edinburgh Tour

  • Avoid the typical tourist traps
  • Discover Edinburgh's secrets
  • Film locations
  • Alternative history and culture

Experience the real Edinburgh on this Alternative tour as you escape from the usual touristic hangouts. Visit film locations from Trainspotting to the Avengers, stunning pop art/murals, bizarre landmarks and much more as we uncover everything secret Edinburgh has to offer.

Beginning at our police box located centrally on Edinburgh's Royal Mile (incedently the most expensive piece of property per square foot in the UK!) your enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide will take you through parts of the old town before leading you on into our cities new town - you will hear some alternative history of these areas and visit some statues/buildings that people usually miss. You will then be lead down into Leith, a usually un-touristy area full of culture, art and amazing history. After visiting various locations in Leith, the tour will end at the bottom where you can grab one of the frequent bus services back into town.


2 hours 30 mins

Height Restriction

No minimum height

No maximum height

Wheelchair Friendly


Maximum Weight

No maximum weight

Weather Dependent

Outdoor - Yes

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This experience is suitable for spectators

Animals Allowed

All Animals Allowed

Toilet facilities


Minimum Age

No minimum age

Important Information

The Alternative tour stops mid-way at a local arts centre for a 20 minute break where you can grab an affordable hot or refreshing drink.

Children have to be accompanied by an adult.

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About the provider

City of Edinburgh Tours, Old Police Box Ticket Office

Old Police Box,
9 Hunter Square,
Royal Mile,
EH1 1QS,
United Kingdom

All tours start and end at our Old Police Box. Our Box is located next to the Tron Kirk & opposite a Starbucks. The box is well sign posted and located very centrally on the Royal Mile.
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