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Book Lover's Tour

Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH12PA, Scotland
Phone Number: 01573223888
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Ranked #109 of 263 Activities in Edinburgh
Type: Walking tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Roberts Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, J.K. Rowling and others in the company of travel writer Allan Foster, author of ‘The Literary Traveller in Edinburgh, a Book Lover's Guide to the World's First City of Literature’. Departs every Saturday and Sunday from outside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, at 11.30 am & 2.30 pm. No booking required.

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Surrey, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

While looking for the Edinburgh Writers' Museum one day, we came across a modest sign in the shadow of a close advertising the Book Lover's Tour and decided to take a chance. After all, I'm a voracious reader, and my wife enjoys a good read now and then, and we both like to get to know new cities by walking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I went with my wife and two daughters on the tour today and found the tour interesting and informative. Besides the literary highlights I found the information on some of the medical history of Edinburgh to be very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A great tour, but not that easy to find. Best consult the latest website at www.edinburghbooktour.com

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The book tour, led by Allan Foster, was lovely. It was intelligent, witty and sharp. Allan is very humorous - and he thinks he's funny, which adds to it. It's not a huge tour (there were seven of us, guide included), which means you didn't get lost in the crowd - he'll include you, talk to you, ask questions, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was a great tour with an interesting, informative & friendly guide. He told us facts, not just about authors, but about the history & politics of Edinburgh, although I would say it is more likely to be of interest if you are interested in the literary side of Edinburgh. I took my 8-year old daughter & he didn't charge... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

this tour was worth all the money as it was loads of fun and very informative. allan is a great guide and clearly knew his stuff and used a lot of humour to tell the stories. i loved that we got to see parts of edinburgh that i wouldn't normally have seen! we were a small group, just me and... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Turned up twice today - once at 11:30 and then at 1:30 - only to find no tour guide!! All the boards said there was a tour on, it is extremely frustrating to arrange, and then rearrange, a day around a tour only to find that the tour does not take place. There are also no contact details either on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

There were 4 of us on Allan's tour today and it was really great. I had been on an historical tour already & there was no doubling up. That is, all the information on the tour is quite different to what you'd get in a typical Edinburgh tour. Although it's called a "Book lovers' tour", I am sure that it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I went on this tour this afternoon because the Writers Museum is closed for repairs and I wanted to do something literary and where I could learn something. Allan is very informative and funny. I saw parts of Edinburgh that I would never have seen otherwise. I'm very glad I went on this tour and would recommend it. The rain... More

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Allan Foster loves showing off his city, especially the south side haunts of Scott, Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes fans, don't miss this tour). We wanted a tour that would introduce the historic and cultural Edinburgh, someone to separate myth from reality (no, contrary to the guides, that is NOT Bobby's grave right at the entry to Blackfriars, though he's there... More

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