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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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Everything you might want in a gosht tour !

Took the 10p.m. Double dead tour with our guide Kathy. It lasted a bit more then 1h30. It was really great, full of stories, anecdotes and pieces of the history of Edinburgh. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Took the 10p.m. Double dead tour with our guide Kathy. It lasted a bit more then 1h30. It was really great, full of stories, anecdotes and pieces of the history of Edinburgh. The guide was really funny and knew how to set the mood. Really enjoyed it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the graveyard tour last night and our tour guide Gerry (with a G!!) was brilliant! He was very funny and we learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh and gave us lots of laughs! Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something a bit different to do!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed this tour! We visited 3 of the vaults and Greyfriar's graveyard on the night. Although nothing supernatural happened during the tour, i feel like the history was very interesting and the locations very eerie. Our guide Sam was funny and gave us recollections of some supernatural experiences that guests have had in the past and also gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There are a lot of overpriced tourist attractions in the area, but this isn't one of them. The tour was a good value, very informative and enjoyable, with just the right amount of spookiness!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I hate scary things and my boyfriend convinced me to do it. I was more interested in the history side of things so I went. We did the Double Dead Tour, it's about an hour and 45 mins. You meet at St. Giles and are accompanied by ~45 people. Which I knew would suck. This tour guide, we had Fred,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I went with my boyfriend and we loved it, definitely worth it. We did the double dead tour, highly recommended and very informative!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went on the Double Dead tour with a friend, and we actually felt pretty entertained the whole way through. The tour guide was pretty good, but he kept on building tension and then break it with a bad joke. It kind of never really got anywhere with the scary stories. The vaults are pretty creepy, but when you're in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Had a guided tour on 20/8/2015 with Lloyd who was brilliant and really made you feel like you were actually there, it's well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We did the double tour with David who was excellent. Whilst we did not experience any activity from restless spirits such as people fainting etc , I took a couple of videos and photos which show a lot of orb activity and some strange shapes. If I had the presence of mind, I would have taken a video in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went on the Double Dead tour and had a great evening! The tour was interesting and Gerry was a great tour guide. I learnt things about Edinburgh I never knew before!

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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