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City of the Dead Tours

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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9044
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Description: These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award...
These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award winning novelist J A Henderson. "The best of Edinburgh’s ghost tours" – Lonely Planet Guide. Combining history, humour and horror, the walk ends inside the Covenanter’s Prison in a locked section of a 16th century cemetery. This is the lair of the "McKenzie Poltergeist," the best-documented paranormal case in history. "Puts the city's other ghost tours in the shade"- Edinburgh Evening News
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A must do during a short stay in Edinburgh!

Two of us went to do the Double Dead tour as we had heard great things, and we were not disappointed!! This tour is fantastic, no cheap gimmicks to try and spook you, just a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Two of us went to do the Double Dead tour as we had heard great things, and we were not disappointed!! This tour is fantastic, no cheap gimmicks to try and spook you, just a fantastic tour guide and genuine stories! We were very surprised at how steeped in history this tour was and found it really interesting! Our guide,... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

did an afternoon tour on wednesday as sold out when we tried to book an evening one!! although quite annoyed when they put another evening show on when we arrived for our afternoon one david was our guide and was incredibly knowledgable and also funny and an excellent storyteller which made tbe tour really good wouldve liked an evening tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband & I were on the Double Dead walk on Friday evening (the late one 9.30pm). Our guide was brilliant (Kev), he was funny and built up just the right atmosphere & suspense that I had been hoping for. The Vaults were pretty spooky (we heard some footsteps, although we couldn't really pinpoint if they were coming from above).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We sort of assumed that the tour would be a cheesy guy telling us stories about "alleged" hauntings outside of random buildings but this tour was really awesome. Our guide Gerry really knew his history and facts and was funny and interesting and kept the entire group engaged and entertained. He wasn't cheesy or fake and didn't try to put... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My daughter and I did the 'Double Dead Tour' on Saturday night, we'd chosen the last one of the evening and we were not disappointed. Iain entertained us and scared us equally, to our delight. He is a natural at his job and very knowledgeable, the time went all too quickly. Good, safe walking shoes are a must as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Just finished the double dead tour with Gerry with a G as our guide, done many of the other tours available on the royal mile and this was by far one of, if not the best tour I've done. It takes about an hour and 20 minutes but it's well worth the time and money for the experience

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We did the Graveyard Tour on one night and the Underground Tour on the following night as it worked out cheaper with the BOGOF offer they had going on than doing the Double Dead tour! The Graveyard tour was brilliant, really interesting stories and introduction to Greyfriars Churchyard with a fantastic tour guide. Great to have access to a locked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My friend and I went on this tour as it was two-for-one that evening, and had a great time. It wasn't a super scary experience. Our guide was funny and full of fun facts and history, which were told in an engaging way. It was really interesting to see the vaults under the city and learn some of the history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I booked this tour hoping to learn abit about Edinburgh and it's past, whilst doing something a bit interesting on a Friday night. It was exactly that. Kev our guide was great, knew loads and had a good balance between corny and informative! Would definitely recommend.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Retroactively reviewing this after visiting in February 2013. It was the first ghost tour we ever did (quite a spur of the moment decision) and has inspired us to always seek them out when we visit places. After 2 years it still remains the best we've ever been on! It had a great mix of interesting history and brilliant storytelling,... More 

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