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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, Scotland
44 0 131 226 6665
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Ranked #44 of 175 activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Led by two actors through the streets and pubs of Edinburgh as they act out the lives and histories of some of the most famous Scottish writers. A great way to experience Edinburgh and learn something of its history while you're at it. Can't recommend it highly enough!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

My friend and I went on this one night and had a fantastic time. Cameron and Dave were such great guides as well as actors, and we had a great time chatting with them and the rest of the group for a long while after the actual tour was over! Fascinating history and experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Beginning at the venerable Beehive Inn on Grassmarket and then taking us to other terrific pubs, Cameron and David were entertaining, funny and informative. We also tried some terrific craft beer and met interesting people from all over the world. Edinburgh has a fascinating history and that history is brought to life, along with a great perspective on the esteemed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had a great time on this tour! It was great to see different pubs and the actors did a great job! You don't have to be an expert or even an avid reader to enjoy this! Dave and Cameron were hilarious and informative. Thanks for a great Edinburgh night!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The tour took us through both Old Town and New Town (which we wouldn't have seen a lot of otherwise) to 4 pubs with a lot of significance to the literary world. The actors were great and were obviously having a great time. I don't remember their names but the night we were there was the first time they had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Paul and Dave gave us a spirited journey from the learned to the bawdy, the Old Town to the New and the past to the present. The tour was well paced and with enough fun and fire in the performances to make the historical facts relevant to anyone with an interest in Scots literature and identity.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

im not a literary enthusiast but a well worth tour...honestly. great actors quoting scottish poems in a comiical way sometimes but very informative way also...we met about 7 people from all over the world.. good pubs too!!!!!!!!!!! hiccup lol

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I love literature, but even if you are not into literature you will enjoy this tour. The guides are actors and obviously enjoy what they do. During pub breaks, we talked to both "out of character" and that was equally enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I highly recommend The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour if you happen to make it to Edinburgh Scotland. Very fun!

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had corresponded with the organization about a pub tour and had made arrangements to meet with them outside the Beehive Pub where they sold tickets. I had asked a number of questions previously and each time was answered with a suggestion that I buy a ticket. Meeting time was 7:15. I arrived with my family and began the wait.... More

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ELPT_Management, Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Dear Katherine, We are deeply sorry for what happened on that tour, but the truth is, it was the first time in almost 20 years that this situation has occurred... In all tours, even the cancelled ones, our ticketing person is present in our meeting point to let all our customers know that we are not running the tour, offering... More

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