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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 #57 of 175 activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went on the 10pm double tour on Saturday July 26th. The tour took approximately 1.5 h. About 40 other tour members joined, which in retrospect was too much as the "transportation of people" affected the experience negatively. First we made a visit to South Bridge's arches, were we visited about four different "rooms". These were interesting to see, however,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went on the double death tour at 10.30pm on a wet Saturday night as part of a group. Learnt a lot about the history of Edinburgh and had a fun, but scary experience. Highly recommend this good value tour.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This tour was amazing. Now, they tell you that you're going to be scared and believe it. Our tour guide was (I believe) John [his younger brother is Jerry] and he was AWESOME. Of all the guided tours, of all of the historical information we have taken in, this was probably the first time it wasn't all glitz and glamour.... More

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I went on the 10:30pm Double Dead tour. You get to see some of the underground vaults and Greyfriar's cemetery. Our guide took a very solemn approach to the whole tour, which was fine, because when you're hearing the stories of what happened down in the faults, you can't really do that if you're painted up to look like Nosferatu.... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We participated in this tour and it was fun. I was personally looking for something more factual and this tour was more geared towards entertainment. The tour guide was very engaging and helpful. This tour is good for families but if you want a purely historical/factual tour, you should look elsewhere. I’m not badmouthing this tour because it was my... More

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County Galway, Ireland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My friend and i went on a 10pm double tour, we had a great time! It was scary, interesting and funny ! I would recommend this to my friends, you really learned about the ghosts of Edinburgh.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

we did the 8pm double dead and let me tell you we had fun. The tour guide was interesting and funny. Such a shame that the time flies and the tour is over in a flash. Only thing i didnt like was the size of the tour we were at least 30 people, so it gets difficult to see him... More

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Absolutely horrible! Five small circle thingys that will probably haunt your mightmares out of five small circle thingys that will probably haunt your nightmares.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Loved all of the historical information provided in conjunction with the ghostly portions of the tour. Our guide was a bit rough around the edges but was extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour for history buffs, just not for individuals hoping for a lot of ghost stories. That being said, this is the only tour that brings you... More

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

For 10£ you get to head into the old vaults of Edinburgh, filled with historic and hilarious commentary from Dave the tour guide. Something so unique to Edinburgh!Delve into how people lived in the 18th century, through poverty, fire and floods. If your lucky you'll experience something supernatural!

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