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Book Tickets For An Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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What to expect

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This is your chance to see the best of Edinburgh while sipping on the tastiest afternoon tea you can imagine. During this experience, you will get a full afternoon tea and a glass of prosecco, along with some sandwiches. You will also get unlimited tea and coffee, as per your preference. You can also choose a gin afternoon tea experience, which includes a gin cocktail, as well as everything mentioned above.

Feel like a true Brit for the day as you step inside a retro double-decker bus and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and freshly baked scones. The vintage Routemaster bus tour will take you around Edinburgh while you enjoy your choice of beverage and a relaxing tour of this city in Scotland. Take in the breathtaking sites of the capital of Scotland on the Red Bus Bistro.

The afternoon teas and gin afternoon teas are served on the same Red Bus Bistro, so choose whichever package tempts you more. The Edinburgh afternoon tea experience is one of a kind. Book Edinburgh afternoon tea tickets today to explore the city while enjoying some refreshments.

Have any dietary requirements? There is no need to not worry as the Red Bus Bistro caters to all dietary requirements. However, they cannot guarantee whether or not all the ingredients are produced in a nut-free environment.

About The Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

What is the Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience?

It can be tricky knowing the best places to visit in the city of Edinburgh if you are looking for the perfect British experience. However, a tour in the Red Bus Bistro will sort this all out for you, as the tour goes past city landmarks like Edinburgh Castle and even Holyrood Palace, and the tour doesn't end there. You will be given fresh scones, unlimited tea or coffee, cakes, and sandwiches. The schedule for the tour is not limited; it is flexible, with the option to choose a departure time of your liking. So unwind aboard this retro bus with brilliant opportunities to snap some pictures and sip on your favourite tea or coffee. With unlimited tea and coffee, a complimentary soft drink, scones, cakes, or sandwiches, you will get everything you could possibly want. The Red Bus Bistro is a sophisticated way to sight-see around places like Waterloo Place, Scott Monument, The Meadows, Greyfriar's Bobby Elephant House Cafe, Grassmarket, Arthur's Seat, the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and much of the Old Town.

So, why wait? Choose from a selection of cakes, sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and savouries now, as well as adding some fresh jam and whipped cream. You don't even have to worry about the weather! Just sit back and relax on the Red Bus Bistro.

Included with the Afternoon Tea Edinburgh experience at the Red Bus Bistro are a collection of handmade sandwich options, freshly baked scones with fresh jam, whipped cream, and a strawberry garnish, delicious cupcakes, different kinds of pastries, petit fours, a complimentary soft drink, and unlimited coffee or tea. Satisfy your dietary requirements, as you can also get gluten-free options on the Red Bus Bistro in Edinburgh.

In this traditional Scottish setting, enjoy a cup of traditional High Tea with some delicacies that will take your breath away. The vintage bus will take you from the pickup point at Stance ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, and after the long and sumptuous tour, will drop you back at the same place. The menu options might change from time to time, but the quality does not.

Expect to breeze past the Scott Monument (a Victorian Gothic monument made for Scottish author Sir Walter Scott) and Edinburgh Castle (a historic fortress that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh). You will also pass through the Meadow (a large public park located south of the city centre), Greyfriars Bobby (a monument for the Skye Terrier dog who guarded his owner's grave for 14 years, until he died), Grassmarket (one of the most lively areas in the city, located in the Old Town behind Edinburgh Castle), Arthur's Seat (an extinct volcano in Edinburgh and the main peak of a group of hills in the city that forms most of Holyrood Park), Palace of Holyroodhouse (the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, the British Monarch, in Scotland), and the Scottish Parliament.

Book your Afternoon Tea Edinburgh experience tickets and get ready to be mesmerized. This tour will take you through the streets of Edinburgh and let you revel in the magnificence of the city and its history. Don't forget the delicious food and cup of tea or coffee waiting to welcome you as the journey starts.

What age is the Afternoon Tea Experience suitable for?

Young commuters need to be accompanied by an adult at the Afternoon Tea Edinburgh experience tour.

The tour is not suitable for children under eight.

Adults of 18+ can enjoy the tour without any hassle.

How long does the Afternoon Tea Experience take?

The tour takes 90 minutes to complete. However, the time may change depending on the traffic in the city.

The booking times are from nine a.m. to five p.m. (office hours) from Monday to Friday, if you choose to get your tickets from the centre. You can also choose to book your tickets online to avoid any hassle or queues. Arrive 10 minutes before your booking time to have a trouble-free experience.

What are the food options available?

The menu for Afternoon Tea Edinburgh includes an exquisite selection of dining experiences onboard the vintage bus. You get a pick of traditional afternoon tea paired with a glass of prosecco. You can also choose a delicious gin cocktail which is served in a teapot.

The cake stand includes scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches, wraps, mini rolls, mini quiches, cakes, petit fours, and an unlimited amount of tea or coffee. The same tour includes both gin afternoon teas and afternoon teas, so choose the right package by mixing and matching. Don't forget to ask for Victoria sponge cakes, mini quiches, smoked salmon blinis, and more.

Children can eat a wide selection of sandwiches and pastries, and there are also gluten-free and dairy-free food options on demand.

The Red Bus Bistro provides gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, but your preference should be mentioned while booking.

What will I get to see on the Afternoon Tea Experience?

While on the Afternoon Tea Edinburgh tour on the Red Bus Bistro, you get to experience Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument, Elephant House Cafe, Waterloo Place, and many more.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse on the Royal Mile is another attraction that you get to experience in the Red Bus Bistro tour of the city. Check out the stunning city of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, from a new perspective.

Can I book the experience for events or celebrations?

You can contact the organisers to book the Afternoon Tea Experience for any event or celebration.

Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs

Where does the Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience start and end?

The pickup location for the Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience is Stance ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH. You will also be dropped in the same location after the completion of the tour.

How do I get to the Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience departure point?

To travel from London for the experience is fairly easy. If you are taking a personal vehicle to the location in Edinburgh, take M1 and A1(M). This is the fastest route available, and it will take around seven and half hours to complete the long journey. Alternatively, you can also travel via the A1(M) and A1 for a similar time of arrival to the destination.

As the location is outside London, you won't get the opportunity to travel via tube. However, you can take a train to Edinburgh. It will take you more or less five hours to complete the trip from London to Edinburgh. From London's King's Cross train station, take the LNER train to Edinburgh. Get off the train at the Edinburgh Waverley train station. It is just a few minutes away from the station to the point in Edinburgh where the bus will pick you up for the experience.

You can also choose to travel via air as it takes just one hour and 30 minutes from London to Edinburgh.

If you are in the city of Edinburgh itself, take the Waterloo PI/A1 to reach the pickup point.

There are also various bus routes that will take you to the pickup point without any hassle.

Where can I park?

You can park your car at Calton Road Parking which is nearest to the pickup point. There is also the option to park your vehicles in Greenside Place and Q-Park OMNI. The latter is a short walking distance from Princes Street (Edinburgh), the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.

Where are the toilet facilities?

As the buses used in the tour are vintage Routemaster buses, there are no toilet facilities on the tour bus.

However, the tour will pause for 15 minutes in the middle so you can stretch and use the local toilet facilities on the way. The tour will provide you with enough time to use the facilities and enjoy the experience fully.

Is the Afternoon Tea Experience accessible?

The Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience does cater to families with strollers.

Live or recorded commentary is not provided as it is a dining experience at its core. Visitors with limited disabilities and those who can walk a bit can sit in the lower level of the bus and enjoy the tour experience in Edinburgh.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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