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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 #71 of 189 Activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

I and my friend had booked in advance and were really looking forward to this tour. We are both in our 60's and fairly fit but actually had to run several times to keep up with the group. Our guide rarely looked back to see if we were all there either. I had researched a lot of history about Edinburgh... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

On a recent trip to Edinburgh we went on the Double Dead Tour with city of the Dead Tours. I love all the history in Edinburgh and particularly its more macabre side. This tour was absolutely great fun and successfully combined history, humour and a more spooky element. Our guide, Cara, got the balance between suspense and humour just right.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

my partner and I went on the 10pm tour last night. Our guide was Fred.. the tour guide was excellent, very informative and passionate about what he was telling us. would definitely recommend this tour was the first time I had been on anything like this and I was suitable scared and entertained.. thank you for a great tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Husband and I took the 10pm Thursday night tour with Katie as our guide. She was amazing! Very informative, and told such entertaining stories of the history of Edinburgh. My husband is a huge ghost adventures fan, me not so much, I'm more of a skeptic. I was the one that ended up screaming multiple times! We both really enjoyed... More

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west Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Went last night with 5 friends, the tour guide was Ian, he was highly informative. One the best tours we've experienced in Edinburgh. My favourite part was in Greyfriars cemetery, never thought we'd ever go beyond the locked gates!!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Don't get me wrong, the tour was definitely interesting. We did the "double Dead" tour which was the tours of the underground vaults and the night tour of Greyfriars Cemetary. The tour guide was very good, explaining the uses of the vaults as well as Greyfriars Cemetary history. A great tour!

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went on the City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard tour with tour guide Gerry (not his brother John) , on October 7th and were not disappointed. The tour was fantastic and very interesting. Not only did Gerry give us a lot of history, but he managed to make it all very funny and engaging for those who may not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went on this tour myself the hubby and 2 friends what an evening we had!! Tour started at 8 and we opted for the "double dead" tour which consists of the vaults and the graveyard. Our guide ( can't remember her name) was extremely friendly and obviously knowledgable we were taken into the vaults and with each new vault... More

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

We had Rebecca as a guide and she was brilliant!! I have been recommending this tour to everybody! (You do need to know English really well to fully appreciate it, like any other tour btw). Really suggestive, great narration of historic facts and not in any way cheesy, all packed in a really dark and horrific Edinburgh. Loved it!

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A fascinating place to visit - our guide was excellent - entertaining and interesting too - would love to spend a night in there (I think!) - amazing place, so much history - most of it quite unpleasant. Can recommend the tour - wear sensible shoes and be prepared to keep up with the guide.

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