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Let us send a few shivers up your spine on this late evening, 75 minute, ghost tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The history of Scotland’s capital is one not just made up of royalty, inventors, writers and scholars but also murderers, witches, bodysnatchers even cannibals. Allow one of our costumed guides, who play one such roguish former citizen, to enlighten and frighten you for the evening. They’ll take you through the winding closes and darkened courts of the Old Town, all the while telling about the horrific events which took place there. Following that the you will journey to perhaps Scotland’s most haunted graveyard, Greyfriars Kirkyard. For the last part of the tour you’ll be taken down into our decidedly sinister underground vaults below South Bridge. This tour is perfect for lovers of scary stories and the bloodier side of Scotland’s history but is more relaxed in tone than our later extreme paranormal tour.

Outside our ticket office on the Royal Mile your entertaining, charismatic guide will welcome you and introduce their historical character. They may be Dr Robert Knox (a very unethical eighteenth-century surgeon), Cassandra Bean (a wife, a mother and a cannibal) or Thomas Weir a satanic guardsman. Traverse the Royal Mile and the closes jutting of it; see the site of Scotland’s former parliament and Edinburgh’s infamous old jail.
Next make your way to Greyfriars Kirkyard, find out about the legendary poltergeist and the other ghosts who call this cemetery home. This graveyard was also a hotbed for bodysnatching during the early nineteenth century. Discover how the rich protected the remains of their loved ones and the story behind Edinburgh’s most feared grave robbers – William Burke and William Hare.
For the final part of the tour the guide will show off our section of underground. You will see walls from former houses, eighteenth-century bridgework and even the modern street above through our skylight. When you’re underground though beware the long dead former inhabitants still seen from time to time on our tours inside the dark chambers. The tour ends with your guide leading you out of the underground and back to our ticket office.

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Exclusive after-hours access
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Family friendly

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Additional Information

    Operates: Daily

    Departure Point:
    Old Police Box, 9 Hunter Square, Royal Mile

    Departure Time: 8:45 PM

  • Inclusions:
    • 75 minute tour of the Old Town, Greyfriars Kirkyard and the South Bridge vaults.
    • Led by a guide in period costume playing a real historical character.
    • Learn more about the gruesome history of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
    • Marvel at the darkened Gothic splendour of Greyfriars Kirkyard.
    • Descend into the South Bridge vaults and discover their secrets.
    • All stories are based on actual individuals and events.

  • Exclusions:
    • None

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible

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