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City of the Dead Tours

26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131 225 9044
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Ranked #62 of 176 activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: 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... more » 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 « less
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Geneva, Switzerland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This tour is great, the meeting point is on the Royal Mile, and then you start the walk. Our guide was super funny and interesting. The tour goes in the undergrounds of Edinburgh and the guide talks about the history of this beautiful city. Some scary place in the undergrounds, others dark. Take the tour, it's great !

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It is a bit difficult to review this tour. There were a few bits that were really good and others that were a bit lacklustre. Basically the double tour goes for 90 minutes but the scary bit lasts maybe 5 minutes. There is quite a bit of walking to the locations and I don't understand why the tour didn't just... More

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have to start by saying that i loved the graveyard tour even though i am a chickenshit. but our guide was knowledgeable and funny and had a great Scottish accent. this tour is informative and scary and funny all at the same time and no one should miss it. fantastic!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had anticipated doing this tour for a long time & were certainly not disappointed. Our tour guide ( Rebecca) was excellent. She had a wealth of knowledge of the history & paranormal activity surrounding the south bridge vaults. Her talent for dramatic presentation greatly enhanced our experience & was truly creepy. We were also very impressed with Rebecca's sensitivity... More

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

During our first visit to Edinburgh this June, we took the Underground City of the Dead Tour into the South Bridge vaults. We had a great guide (unfortunately, I don't remember her name) who told lots of stories and knew so much about the history of the vaults. The creepy, dark and somewhat damp atmosphere was perfect to keep with... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A very interesting and detailed tour involving the south bridge vaults and greyfrairs kirkyard, with some interesting history of Edinburgh throw in. The tour guide was the witty and pretty Jordanna who clearly knew her stuff. Her delivery of the tour was excellent with constant reminders that, whilst she herself was a skeptic, the group shouldn't ignore any strange feelings... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

While traveling up and down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, it is hard not to walk five feet without being accosted by someone with a pamphlet wanting you to view some sort of show or performance. This is especially true during the month of August as it is height of the tourist season. One of the more reputable and least... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the tour on an Easter weekend on a Sunday at 7 pm for the double dead tour. We had rebecca as our tour guide and things were "great " from the start. After being disorganised about getting people to pay tickets and checking if people were indeed on the right tour she started off with her babble. Whilst... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We went on the double dead tour after a lot of deliberation between tour providers and we absolutely made the right decision. This is a factual based tour and was very interesting and tense at times. Our guide Iain made this tour for us, he was very entertaining and knew his stuff. Definitely worth the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We did the graveyard tour last night and it was so so good. Very very creepy wandering the graveyard at night and hearing all the old tales. You're even allowed access to the locked part of the graveyard where a lot of paranormal activity takes place. We actually found out at the end of the tour we were with the... More

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