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City of the Dead Tours

Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland (South Side)
Phone Number: 0131 225 9044
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Ranked #82 of 276 Activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: City tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award winning novelist J A...
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Type: City tours, Sightseeing 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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We did the Vaults tour. Creepy but fascinating! I'm absolutely certain I had a ghostly experience. Not for the faint hearted, and totally worth going on even if you don't believe in ghosts! The history of the vaults is an amazing tale, and the tour guides tell it well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We did this walking tour with Katie. Katie was an exceptional tour guide. She held us in her hand the entire time. Katie was very informative and provided us with some local stories like grayfriar's Bobby which we would have never heard otherwise. She was local so had some of her own information she found interesting which we also found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Went on the double dead tour and it was fantastic and the guide was awesome can't remember her name tho! She was very knowledgable and was very funny! Nothing happened to me or my other half on the tour but it was very un nerving and scary! My favourite part was the cemetery and Mackenzie prison! Defo worth doing weather... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Joined the tour that visited both the vaults and graveyard. Now as a local, I had done one of these tours a few years ago but wanted to do again. I'm also a tour guide so always interesting to see other people doing the job I do also. We had Rebecca as our guide who was clearly motivated in her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Excellent tour. Our guide was well informed and very friendly. As an archaeologist I found all the historical information as well as the ghost stories excellent. Well worth doing and would recommend to anyone :-)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Gerry was an exceptional tour guide, with an immense amount of knowledge of the area. He was funny and provided plenty of stories for entertainment. The underground was creepy and very surreal to imagine people living down their at certain points. Gerry provided opportunity for a moment to experience potential paranormal activity, in the dark which was unsettling; sadly none... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We booked this tour at night whilst others were queueing up for it to begin. The tour guide was amazing, very funny and made us both interested and questionning our reasoning behind buying this ticket as what she was describing was a little scary. We did a bit of walking, we went under the city into areas that were used... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our tour guide was Rebecca and she was lovely. Very well spoken and no problem hearing her throughout the tour. We heard a good bit of history about Edinburgh and the vaults as well as some additional anecdotes. If you scare easy, this is the place for you! We were led into the vaults, but we didn't necessarily see as... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Oh my god this tour was awful. .. The tour guide was awful and the places we visited were awful... We thrived ourselves more the following night returning to the graveyard alone without the guide.. was a complete waste of money and a real let down ..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

So first thing is first, the tour guide was really good, his name was Dave and he was funny, knowledgeable and did a great job. The problem was the tour was really limited, there is no underground city, there are 3 bunker like caves and not much history. A bit of fun, sure but a must see, no.

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