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City of the Dead Tours

Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland (Cowgate)
Phone Number: 0131 225 9044
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Ranked #77 of 270 Activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award winning novelist J A...
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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

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We took part in the Double dead tour and it was well worth it. The history was fantastic and very interesting. Our group leader did a fantastic job and delivered a fun, creepy, and educational experience. I won't spoil any of the stories of the evening for anyone here, but to this day I keep relaying some of the best... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Second time on this tour - the history side is very interesting, but if you're expecting to be scared or spooked, don't! Not scary at all - unless you're scared of the dark. Fun for an evening out and to learn some history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Recently did the tour and enjoyed it. The staff really like their jobs as this shows in their passion and knowledge.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I was in a family group of four and we all enjoyed ourselves. I would suggest that you aren't likely to come to any real danger (don't let the stories put you off) but they do build up the suspense and the tales of people blacking out will be down to hysteria and anxiety. They do a good job of... More 

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Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Great tour, would recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh. Make sure you wrap up in the colder months as you visit a graveyard and it's bloomin' freezing standing around listening to the tour guides. They remember history of the city and some great local stories and creepy tales. they seem to love what they do which I could see through the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Very informative guide, funny if not a bit contrived. the guide based himself on David Tennants dr who charictor that was funny at first but got boring pretty fast. The tour was okay value for money although we where told it be £8 per person as we where a large group and it turned out to be £10. It was... More 

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Αθήνα, Ελλάδα
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Nice way to spend a dark evening in Edinburgh. Our guide Dave was great! Ghost stories in dark vaults and a cemetary... If not in Edinburgh then where????

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We went on the "City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard" tour with our guide Gerry (that's Gerry with a G, not to be confused with John, his older brother!). It was a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking evening. Gerry gave us a lot of information which was detailed and not delivered in a "just another ghost story that I tell every... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The evening of Friday, October 24th, around 9pm, my beloved Maia and I took a Mercat Tour of the Underground Tunnels in Edinbourgh. Our guide, Ian, did an *amazing* job both keeping the crowd happy, interested, excited, and in control... and telling the story in a fascinating and engaging way. One particular notable was as we navigated one of the... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

City of the Dead one of the many tours around Edinburgh, still I really enjoyed the tour and the guide was very professional and making you "feel" the creepy stories of Edinburgh. Really worth it.

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