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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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My friend and I decided to go on this tour after getting a few recommendations from other friends and it was SO worth it - especially for the price. Our tour guide, Dave, was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Part history lesson, part ghost story, the Double Dead tour is a wonderfully spooky way to spend a couple of late hours. The tour guide, Cara, mixed quirky and knowledgeable to just the right degree and definitely added to the atmosphere of the South Bridge Vaults and Greyfriars Graveyard. There are documented cases of tours encountering various phenomena and you... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was so boring and long winded, 2 of us lost interest and left. The other 4 finished the tour but none of us would recommend it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

From start to finish this tour was brilliant. It gave both insight into the history of the city but also with a little fun and fear. I'm not easily scared but I have to admit at some parts I did get a little bit. we did the double tour of the underground and graveyard I would definitely recommend to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Myself and my partner went on the double dead tour on the 21st of April and this tour was fascinating! Our guide, dave, was absolutely brilliant at telling our group about the history within the vaults and the graveyard. Very easy to talk to and a wonderful guide! 10/10

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This was a quick decision to do but really enjoyed it. David our guide was fab, really witty and you learned a lot about the "underground history " of Edinburgh and the vaults. Would def recommend and the larger the group the better as you can also scare each other silly too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

My friend and I decided to go on this tour after getting a few recommendations from other friends and it was SO worth it - especially for the price. Our tour guide, Dave, was a great storyteller and had us both terrified and laughing the entire time. Definitely recommend the Double Dead Tour, too. I can't imagine choosing between just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I have lived in Edinburgh for 3 years now and with friends visiting on a regular basis I have been on many of the tours! This is a great one, its atmospheric and informative. I have done this tour 3 times and it never disappoints, it is always fun! my only one gripe was the story of the two female... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Well it was only ten pounds. Our host was a good story teller, but you really just visit one grave yard and well I just couldn't say it's a must thing to do in town.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Our tour guide John was suitably dramatic, knowledgeable and hilarious during our Double Dead Tour of the Underground Vaults and Greyfriars Kirkyard. There is quite a build up to being in the presence of the Mackenzie Poltergeist, plus grim stories of grave robbers and the lives of the poor people of Scotland. It's a late night tour, so rug up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

My 12 year old daughter and I went on the underground tour of the vaults yesterday and had a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half. Were the vaults breathtaking, no but Gerry the guide kept everyone in a state of disbelief with the tales he told and as we well in Scotland....the way he told them. if truth be told... More 

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
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.