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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

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Address: 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 0 131 226 6665
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Entertaining stroll through Edinburgh's literary history

We joined this tour at the Beehive Pub after having dinner at the Apex International Hotel across the street. Dinner is an add-on to the tour, but we wanted to have an early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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columbus, ohio

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We joined this tour at the Beehive Pub after having dinner at the Apex International Hotel across the street. Dinner is an add-on to the tour, but we wanted to have an early dinner to make sure of being on time for the tour, and as it turned out, we were very happy with the food and service at the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour Enjoy a literary battle of wits as two actors/guides take you thru a short tour of the old town to discover Edinburgh's literary past - and some wonderful pubs. A great way to meet fellow visitors and to spend an evening in Edinburgh. This is a hidden gem amongst so many other wonderful Edinburgh experiences. Highly... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Gregor and Laverne made this a perfect evenings trip through the pubs and verse of Scotland's beautiful city. Their performance and passion brought the history alive.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A very entertaining and informative tour with Mark and Laverne getting into character and bantering while educating us about Scottish literary figures and Edinburgh. Well done to the two of them for holding forth against the Greek Chorus of inebriated youth and raucous seagulls at various destinations. I can recommend this tour as a real treat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Booked this last minute and it was fantastic. It was a great way to explore some of Edinburgh. The guides/ actors were great, had a good way of playing their part and were friendly to talk with on the walks to the different areas. I learned a lot of cool info about Scottish writers and the area. The banter between... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really excellent tour. Guides Mark and LaVerne were really entertaining and wonderful actors. Learned a lot about Edinburgh writers in a fun and interesting way. Although we went to several pubs is was not necessary to drink. They are starting a new tour called The Reel Edinburgh with emphasis on movies set in Edinburgh. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

What more can you expect from a guided tour with Scottish/Edinburgh literature as the main topic? Good actors, well made manuscript, funny aspects of writers' lives. The only drawback was that we joined the tour on a Saturday night when pubs were crowded - not sure why these pubs were chosen, apart from the first one which had a conference... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Firstly, Paul and Hazel, our theatrical leaders, were great, so if you do this tour, you would want them for sure! When the show started I couldn't tell right away that Hazel was part of the show and thought she may have been a passionate participant. This tour takes you to three or four different pubs were you spend about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Tour leaves at 7:30 from Grassmarket and finishes at 10:00 in New Town, with 4 pub stops along with the way. Basically you wander around Edinburgh getting drunk and listening to people banter about books. Which is an automatic victory in my book. The two hosts are professional actors- they not only delivered engaging performances but responded with flair to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed this very much!! We learned a lot about the famous poets and some history of the city . Alan was very knowledgeable but also kept it funny and interesting!!

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Address: 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 0 131 226 6665
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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