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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Address: 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 0 131 226 6665
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Ranked #86 of 275 Activities in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Mark and Laverne were fantastic guides through the literary history of Edinburgh, with the perfect blend of humor and education, with no shortage of opportunities to experience the great pubs around the Royal Mile. Highly recommended, even if you're not a literary geek. Tip: Get there on time, and take advantage of the bathroom breaks when you have them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This strolling play and pub crawl was a lot of fun and was an entertaining way to learn about many key literary figures based in and around Edinburgh and Scotland and their roles in history. The accents can be difficult to decipher at times and in part that is fun and adds to the experience. It was a nice way... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My husband and I went to Edinburgh, Scotland for our honeymoon and found this tour from trip advisor. This was one of the greatest tours we took while we were on our trip. It was very fun, entertaining and full of historic information regarding authors, and poets from Edinburgh. We walked to different pubs around Edinburgh and met some other... More 

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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We just got home from this tour with Mark and Laverne. They were both fantastic - wonderful actors, great rapport. It was our last night in Scotland, and it made us sad to go home. Would recommend this to anyone who wants a very entertaining and unusual evening in Edinburgh. Don't miss it.

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Richmond, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The tour is very unreliable. Do not pay ahead of time. A group of nine (all prepaid) were left hanging on Sept. 30th for the tour. No one showed up or even contacted us about the tour cancellation. Very disappointing and unprofessional way to run a business.

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

Dear 80ABH, We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our cancellation. By a series of unfortunate events, our representative could not be present at the meeting point outside the Beehive Inn, as it happens every tour day, to inform, explain and offer refunds or alternative tour dates on location, and we are deeply sorry for the lack of communication on... More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

i would like to say what i thought of it but we turned up twice in one week to attend, but on both occassions it was cancelled. fortunately we had not paid, but it was very inconvenient. there isnt any way to check if its going ahead - neither the web site or phone line give this info

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

These con artist took our money for the highly publicized event . We paid by credit card in advance and they didn't show.there was no one to call and complain to and we were not the only ones to be taken advantage of

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Took this tour on Sunday, 21 Sept. I found it very enjoyable. The two actors Shannon(?), who was Clart, and Hildy, who played McBrain, were really good. They were both very personable and knowledgeable, and Hildy has an amazing singing voice. The whole idea of exploring the great figures of Scottish literature while on a pub tour of the very... More 

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North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I did the tour in September and it was real fun. The actors did their job very well, we had four stops to have something to drink including the one at the end where some of us stayed for a chat. One of the guides stayed also on for some conversation which I thought quite nice. I quite liked the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A tour of 5-6 pubs in Edinburgh? Check. Hilarious and also educational performances about the greats of Scottish literature? Check. As someone that would never normally go for something like a literary pub tour, I was skeptical, and only went to appease a good friend of mine who's just had an offer on her book. I loved it, and I... More 

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