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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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Great tour to the underground vaults and greyfriars kirkyard. Good mix of history, stories and a good little scare, was great that it wasn't one of those over the top, shrieking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Cannot believe there has been negative reviews for this. My boyfriend and I went in July last year and I cannot fault this at all. Our tour guide Iain was absolutely fantastic and very knowledgable on the history of this beautiful city. The underground vaults were very creepy and greyfriars graveyard was definitely the highlight of this tour. Not suitable... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A great tour of the eerie underground of Edinburgh which combined history and facts with spine-chilling tales. This was a fantastic experience which used excellent story telling techniques and historical places to take you back to the dark history of Edinburgh.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Sorry to say, but it was a let down. -group is to big and hard to hear due to the amount of people. -tour guide was good. -tour only went into the a coupe of volts. Each to the own, but look at another tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We went on the tour of the vaults during our recent trip to Edinburgh. We went at nighttime which adds to the atmosphere - on the evening we went a nearby venue to the vaults that we went in was booming out very loud bass, which was obviously out the control of City of the Dead Tours and I think... More 

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Kent, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great tour to the underground vaults and greyfriars kirkyard. Good mix of history, stories and a good little scare, was great that it wasn't one of those over the top, shrieking "ghosts" around every corner type tours, l especially enjoyed the underground vaults, creepy!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Ok, not my thing, but when you are visting a place you need to at leats check off the tourist things and this is one of them- a ghost tour. This seemed to be the better tour. At least they do provide you with information about the city and places, which is nice. As for the ghost part...well...I think it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

An excellent tour led by Rebecca with a skilful blend of mystery, intrigue, suspense and humour that kept us guessing as to what was coming next

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Enjoyed the Greyfriars Kirkyard tour which included a visit to the Covenanter's prison. Guide Katie did a great job in making the visit fun and informative, and just a bit scary, with lots of historical information and some laughs along the way while de bunking a myth or two. Makes one feel glad to be living in current times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We visited the vaults with Kev as our guide. We've been on ghost tours all over the country, and usually they're fun and informative, but not scary .. well, this one was ... very ! Kev was excellent - really set the scene and had us feeling apprehensive right from the off. Then the 'knocking' started. Kev's increasingly terrifying stories... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Very worthwhile and a fascinating insight to the past, the tour was humourous and very informative, visiting spooky graveyards and underground vaults

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