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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 girlfriend and I booked on to the double dead tour after a recommendation from my brother and we both really enjoyed it. There was only us and another couple on the tour (we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I booked on to the double dead tour after a recommendation from my brother and we both really enjoyed it. There was only us and another couple on the tour (we were booked on the late 9.30 slot) so it was quite intimate and made for a very creepy atmosphere in the crypts and vaults of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a great walking tour with City of the Dead Tours on their "Double Dead Tour". We went on the 10pm tour, the dark night adding to the whole experience. Our guide did it differently to others and did not try to play up the ghost and hunted thing. He was very funny however with the stories he told... More 

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Harrison, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It was an unique experience, only went because of my daughter wanted to. Really nice to know the history of the dead and ghost that still hunts. Underground Volt was very spooky and scary. Made the hair of my back stand up. I would strongly recommend to the ghost adventures seekers. My daughter had a blast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must for any trip to Edinburgh. It was an amazing end to a great day out. I have been 3 times now and loved it, look forward to my 4th tour. The guides are fantastic they deliver just the right amount of chills and scares with great historic facts and more than a few giggles. Thanks for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Ian's showmanship, knowledge of the history and his infectious enthusiasm made for a brilliant experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

An amazing insight into the history of the city. The tour was made even better by the very funny guide, Gerry with a G. Incredibly fun and informative along with being very spooky!

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I took my 11 year old daughter on this and was braced for a gory retelling of the vaults' history (so was a little worried about how much 'adult' content there would be). Was so pleasantly surprised to have a historically accurate and fascinating talk from "Gerry" with nothing that was unsuitable for over 10s. The hour and a half... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Rather a spooky way to start the afternoon great history and cool storytelling by Gerrymandering with a G not J or he will kill you !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We did the 9pm Greyfriars tour with Gerry with a G. He was very informative and entertaining. He provided an accurate retelling of the history of the graveyard city and Scotland history all in one tour and even through in a Star Trek reference. If you go Make sure you get on his tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We found the city of the dead tour very creepy. It was informative and fun at the same time I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the paranormal

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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9044
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town

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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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