About The Edinburgh City Pass:
The Edinburgh City Pass is a convenient, easy-to-use electronic card that provides access to some of the Scottish capital's best sightseeing tours and attractions. Depending on the length of your stay there's three options to choose from: 1, 2 or 3-day. Passes activate from the moment they're first used. We recommend using them at the start of your chosen day, as they function by calendar date and not 24-hour periods.
As well as 18 attractions and 4 sightseeing tours, the Edinburgh City Pass includes an open return ticket for the Edinburgh Trams - ideal for those arriving and departing via the airport. See below for a detailed list of what's included in each pass:
- Transport -
1) Edinburgh Trams:
Open ticket with a return portion usable on any date. Your e-voucher will include instructions on how to activate your open return tram ticket between Edinburgh Airport and the City Centre. Note that using the trams will activate your pass.
- Tours -
1) Auld Reekie Walking Tours:
Explore the vaults beneath South Bridge with Auld Reekie Tours. Their subterranean walks run daily at 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30. Head along to the Edinburgh Welcome Blue Police Box on the Royal Mile (next to the Bank of Scotland, EH1 2PH) and show your pass to reserve a place on one of their departures.
2) Forth Boat Tours:
Catch a bus to Hawes Pier in South Queensferry and join a sightseeing cruise that sails beneath the Forth Bridges. Forth Boat Tours have a shop next to the pier where you can present your city pass and embark on one of their 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 or 16:40 tours. Cruises last approximately 90 minutes.
3) Harry Potter Walking Tour:
Discover the locations that inspired J.K. Rowling during her time living in Edinburgh, and the haunts where she wrote her novels. Tours last around 2 hours and run at 12:00 (Wednesdays and Sundays) and 12:00/30 on Saturdays. Meet your guide outside the Museum on the Mound, North Bank Street.
4) Rabbie’s Edinburgh City Bus Tour:
Hear the story of Edinburgh from a local perspective. Rabbies mini-coach tour of the Scottish capital lasts approximately 2 hours and departs from Waterloo Place at 09:45, 12:15 and 15:15.
- Attractions -
1) Butterfly and Insect World:
Enter a vast indoor tropical rainforest and surround yourself with hundreds of fascinating animal species. Let a butterfly perch on your finger, handle snakes and tarantulas, and watch one of their daily feeding sessions. Address: Melville Nurseries, Lasswade EH18 1AZ.
2) Dynamic Earth:
Learn about the history of life on earth and how our planet formed at Edinburgh's own natural history themed visitor attraction. Address: Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS.
3) Edinburgh Dungeon:
Descend beneath the streets of Edinburgh and steel yourself as a zany cast of professional actors bring the goriest bits of Scotland's history to life. Address: 31 Market Place, Edinburgh EH1 1DF.
4) Edinburgh Zoo:
In addition to over 1000 animal species from across the globe, Edinburgh Zoo is home to some of the Scottish capital's most iconic attractions. Visit Penguins Rock, meet chimpanzees on the Budongo Trail, and see the famous pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang. Address: 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS.
5) Georgian House:
Journey back to founding days of Edinburgh's New Town to see how the city's rich and privileged lived during the late 1700s. The Georgian House is a wonderfully restored 18th century townhouse featuring period furniture, artefacts and paintings by famous Scottish artists. Address: 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR.
6) Gilmerton Cove:
Travel to the former mining village of Gilmerton and descend into a mysterious network of hand-carved passageways and chambers. Learn about the theories behind their construction and see if you can solve a 300 year mystery. Address: 16 Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH.
7) Gladstone’s Land:
Wind the clock back 500 years as you enter one of Edinburgh's oldest residences. Gladstone’s Land is a fully restored 1600s townhouse featuring hand-crafted Renaissance decor, a recreated 17th century grocer, and a wealth of fascinating stories. Address: 477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT.
8) Glenkinchie Distillery:
Enjoy an exhibition visit, guided tour and whisky tasting at the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian. Entry is included with the Edinburgh City Pass, however, a shuttle service is available from Edinburgh city centre for an additional £14 per person fee. The shuttle departs Waterloo Place daily at 10:00 and 13:30. Call: 01875 342 012 to book your seat.
9) Gravity Trampoline Park:
Have a blast as you defy gravity at the capital's largest indoor trampoline park. Each city pass entitles one holder to a single 60 minute session. Address: Fountain Park, Edinburgh EH11 1AF.
10) Holyrood Distillery:
Join an hour long guided tour of Edinburgh's first single malt whisky distillery in 100 years. You'll be shown around both the gin and whisky distilling facilities and will finish up with a complimentary tasting session. Tours last 1 hour and run every 30 minutes from 10:00 (11:00 on Sundays) until 17:00 (last tour). Address: 19 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh EH8 9SH.
11) Hopetoun House and Gardens:
A must-visit for all Outlander fans, this stately home and visitor attraction outside South Queensferry was used as a filming location in seasons 1, 2 and 3 of the TV series. Address: South Queensferry EH30 9RW.
12) John Knox House:
Enter one of Edinburgh's last remaining medieval townhouses and learn about one of the most tumultuous periods in Sottish History - the Scottish Reformation. Address: Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
13) National Mining Museum Scotland:
Venture underground with an ex-miner as your guide and experience the history of the Lady Victoria Colliery. The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 (Apr-Oct) and 10:00 to 16:00 (Nov-Mar). Guided tours are available up to 2 hours before closing. It's recommended that you give yourself at least 3 hours to do the tour. Address: Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN.
14) Nelson Monument:
Ascend Calton Hill and climb the 127 steps of the Nelson Monument, constructed between 1807 and 1815 to commemorate Britain's victory over France at the Battle of Trafalgar, as well as Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's death.
15) Newhailes House:
Take a trip out to Musselburgh and visit this stately 17th century home once owned by the Dalrymple family. The building is renowned for its grand rococo interior, vast art collection, and library dating back to the Scottish Enlightenment. Guided tours last 75 minutes and operate between 12:00 and 15:30. Address: Musselburgh EH21 6RY.
16) Scott Monument Museum:
You may be familiar with Edinburgh's iconic homage to the writer Sir Walter Scott, but did you know there's a museum space on its first floor? Edinburgh City Passes include a guided tour of the monument. These tours run every half an hour from 10:00 until 16:30 (last entry). Address: Edinburgh EH2 2EJ.
17) Scottish Seabird Centre:
Get entry to the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick. This 5-star visitor attraction lets you control interactive cameras and spot puffins, gannets, seals and other creatures native to the Firth of Forth. Address: North Berwick EH39 4SS.
18) Stewart Brewing:
Partial to a good craft beer? Courtesy of the Edinburgh City Pass you'll be welcome to join one of the Stewart brewery's behind-the-scenes tours. These tours run on the hour from 12:00 until 16:00 every Saturday and last 30 minutes. As part of the experience you'll be allowed to try unique, limited production beers available only at the brewery. Address: Bilston Glen Ind Estate, 26A Dryden Road, Loanhead EH20 9LZ.