Guided walking tours for anyone interested in Edinburgh's history:
from first-time visitors to long-term residents.
How Edinburgh and the lives of its people have changed over the last 900 years!
Edinburgh through its architecture, industrial heritage and cultural identity!
Edinburgh from a different perspective and consider it in a new light!
Think Edinburgh's history is all royal castles, quaint cobbled streets, gruesome ghosts and cute scotty dogs? Think again!
Hetty's History Walks will take you beyond Edinburgh's popular Instagram image and typical tourist-tales to uncover the history of the city itself - from its tiny, medieval beginnings to the vibrant, cultural capital it is today.
Famous as the location for dramatic historical events and notorious characters Edinburgh has so much more to offer!
It is a place where ordinary people have lived and worked for over 900 years and a place of world changing developments in economics, philosophy, literature, medicine and more.
Perfect for exploring on foot, a guided walking tour is a great way to discover Edinburgh and its past.
With its diverse range of architecture, intriguing history and dramatic landscape you will benefit from the knowledge of your local guide as you experience one of the most beautiful and engaging cities in Europe.
“I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.”
Browse the walking tours on offer by visiting my tours page, then simply select a date and buy tickets.
All tickets are sold using Eventbrite, a popular and secure ticketing platform. Booking fees are included in the ticket price so there's no extra charges at checkout.
Tickets are refundable up to 24 hours before your tour starts, minus the booking fee.
Full refunds will be given if your tour is cancelled due to changing covid restrictions.
Check the time and meeting place of your tour (included on your ticket). Meeting places are centrally located and easy to find. A contact number is included on your ticket if you have any difficulties or are running late.
On the morning of your tour check the local weather forecast, remembering that the Scottish weather can be very changeable. I suggest using the Met Office, you can also download their app for updates on the go!
All walking tours take place outside so for your own comfort wear suitable clothing and a sensible pair of shoes.
On the day I'll be at our meeting place 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Just bring your curiosity and get ready to experience Edinburgh; a city with history in every step!
Each walking tour begins with a quick bit of 'housekeeping' on what to expect during the tour as well as some practical information.
P.S. You may want to bring your camera too - after all Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities!
Hi, I'm Hetty. An Edinburgh resident for almost 30 years, I am fascinated by the built environment and how it reveals the past to us. With a life-long interest in history and culture I started Hetty's History Walks: Edinburgh Uncovered in 2019 after graduating in Social and Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh.