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Edinburgh - Edinburgh - From the Old, to the New by Invisible Cities

Edinburgh - From the Old, to the New by Invisible Cities

(282 reviews)
Edinburgh New Town and Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

On this tour we will learn about the creation of the New Town of Edinburgh. Did you know that up until 1767, Edinburgh was a walled city following centuries of fighting with the English? The tour will start on the most historic mile in the worl finishing in the heart of the New Town. On this tour you will see ancient volcanoes, Royal Churches, spectacular monuments and buildings and have a great laugh at the same time.

Meet your local guide


Edinburgh, an alternative history: Join your Tour Guide Paul for a Tour of Edinburgh with a difference. Being formerly homeless, Paul is a Tour Guide with Invisible Cities who are a Social Enterprise who train homeless people to become walking Tour Guides, how amazing is that. Paul will look at the history of Edinburgh stretching back 1000’s of years right through to the present day. There are guaranteed laughs with Paul as the Tour starts on top of a volcanic rock which dates back 350 million years and upon which there sits a Castle which is one of the most sieged upon castles in Europe and ends in a historic ancient graveyard full of poltergeists, stray dogs, body snatchers and even some Harry Potter characters. Paul grew up in Edinburgh from the age of 4 and after becoming homeless at 16, went onto becoming homeless a further 10 times. 3 years ago he became a Tour Guide with Invisible Cities and then went on to college to do further Tour Guide training and launched his first Tour based on the movie Trainspotting set in his home town of Leith. He now offers several tours including tours on subject matters including the Women of Edinburgh and Crime and Punishment tours in the city. He also launched a brand new comedy tour of Leith this year too. Paul loves finding out the truth behind the myths and legends so he tell syou the good the bad and the ugly. Invisible Cities is an award winning social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. We believe that everyone has a story to tell and that we can use the power of tourism and all the skills you need to get to become an entertaining and high quality guide to support people towards new professional and personal goals. We provide tailored support to each of our trainees and guides and all our tours are designed by them directly so you get the most authentic and trutthful experience ever. As a not for profit, we use our income to support our guides but also to organise events in our local communities.  We are the winners of the Best Community Tour by Lonely Planet for their Best in Travel List 2021. For more information visit www.invisible-cities.org

Paul has been guiding since Jan 2018

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Edinburgh with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Edinburgh. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Linda B.

25 March 2021

Any and every trip with Paul is fantastic! What’s really funny is that I was so excited to go on another of his trips that went on the same one twice! Paul knows so much about every place he brings us to see, including many fun extra tidbits! Plus, his accent is absolutely delightful!

Lori M.

21 March 2021

Very interesting to listen to. Love the accent. Makes me want to be there.

Kathy L.

21 March 2021


Alan H.

21 March 2021

Was he drunk?

Reply from Heygo
Hi Alan, We can absolutely say that Paul or any Invisible Cities tour guides would never turn up intoxicated for one of their tours! Invisible Cities works with people who have experienced homelessness, and so being in recovery can be part of their reality so they take this very seriously. We would love to hear more about what prompted this comment and once again can assure you that Paul was not intoxicated for this tour.

Ginny E.

21 March 2021

Awesome tour. Can’t wait to go to Edinburgh.

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