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City of the Dead Tours

26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131 225 9044
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Ranked #50 of 157 activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Tours
Owner description: These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award winning novelist J A Henderson. "The best of Edinburgh’s ghost tours" – Lonely... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect when we booked the city of the dead tour on our trip to Edinburgh. We were looking for something different to try. We booked onto the evening double tour. We were pleasantly surprised straight away by our tour guide Gerry he was very informative and witty in his historical facts about the underground city... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Firstly... we both went into this with an open mind, it is a bit of fun! We did the late night tour that started at 10.15pm, this added to the atmosphere as it was dark and cold and a few people wandering about... The guide, David, was brilliant from the start. He had the right balance of actor/guide to make... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I went on the daytime tour with the guide Dave. We got a bit of history as we were guided down to the Cowgate. Once we arrived at the vaults the stories became more chilling with sightings and tales of what went on down in the vaults. Good fun especially as we were part of a smaller... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We did an afternoon tour of the vaults of Edinburgh. Unfortunately only 6 people were on the tour (including my husband and I) and 5 of us were definitely wimps!! Two people left half-way through after feeling unwell, leaving just four of us. At this point three of us were getting rather spooked and my husband seemed to be the... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Done this tour twice and it still gets me! The tour guides are very funny and friendly! You get such good insight into the historical part of it all, as well as a good scare! Very good experience! Try to go for the latest one possible not an early evening one, especially in the summer when it's light in the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Last night my husband and I did the underground ghost tour with a couple of friends whilst staying in Edinburgh for the night. We were really looking forward to it and after reading various reviews on here and also looking at the 'attack' photos on their website we were prepared to be scared! The tour started at 10pm on the... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A massive thankyou to City of the Dead for our private double dead tour on Sunday!! It was fantastic and the Hen loved it - it was kept secret from her' Kevin our guide had us hysterical with both laughter and fear!! The underground vaults were so spooky part of the group refused to go in! We were also lucky... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Not really in to ghosts and supernatural stuff but really enjoyed the double dead tour myself partner and 12 year old daughter went on. Much better than expected as it was very informative with regard to historical facts whilst still having some fairly scary stuff. The host Gerry was great mixing a lot of humour in with the spooky bits.... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Loved this tour. We went to the underground city then moved on to Greyfriars churchyard. The tour guide knew his subject and had an entertaining delivery which kept the audience laughing. Recommended even with an 11 year old with us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I had read this was the most haunted cemetery in the world and I knew I had to go. Heard great things about this tour too. We arrived in Edinburgh on a Friday and headed over to St. Giles cathedral where City of the Dead tours has a little set up with someone selling tickets. We paid in cash, revived... More

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