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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
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Overview
The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Frankie & Benny's
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your Edinburgh Dark Side Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk. Please look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
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  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll end at
    Frankie & Benny's
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your Edinburgh Dark Side Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk. Please look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to Expect
Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Frankie & Benny's, 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Charlotte S wrote a review Oct 26
Edinburgh, United Kingdom56 contributions9 helpful votes
Wicked tour with Jule! You really get a taste of the grim, darker side of Edinburgh. Very interesting facts but also super interactive and spooky. Jule also gave us ideas for other cool places to visit and things to do involved with the theme. Loved it! Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Charlotte wrote a review Oct 25
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Our tour guide, ‘Australian David’ was an absolute gem. Charismatic, funny and great with facts. Got me and partner to go on the free tour the next day and we loved it aswell. A brilliant tour overall, if you like a little bit of horror and learning about Edinburgh’s dark,
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Stuart M wrote a review Oct 24
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Walking through the graveyards at night. The guide Jen was very knowledgeable and made the evening interesting.
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Katie D wrote a review Oct 23
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Had such a good time on this tour! Angus was spooky and hilarious. We would definitely recommend dark side
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GarryH17 wrote a review Oct 23
Gloucester, United Kingdom138 contributions38 helpful votes
Fabulous 2 hours wandering around the special sites of Edinburgh Old Town with Angus. Very informative and good fun, he definitely put the G in Angus .... he'll get the joke ... Would recommend for a fun 2 hour walk.......
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Unforgettable
It was great! Raj is a very attencious and fun tourist guide. Loved the experience, I've enjoyed and learned a lot.
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Sandemans Free Tour of Edinburgh
When visiting a new city I always try and take a tour, just because its so easy to miss so many things and miss out
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The tour that didn't happen
I booked in advance and arrived at the requested 15' before the tour started. I was told that the group was for 5 p
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Excellent Spanish free tour!
The tour was really cool. The guide “Carlos Paz” was really funny and made us learn a lot and laugh. We made the fr
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Great few hours in Edinburgh
The tour was both very interesting & extremely good value for money. The guide “Jule” was brilliant & obviously a g
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Harry potter walking tour in Edinburgh a truely magical and entertaining tour
Jenny our guide knew all the Harry Potter facts, the greyfriars graveyard was fascinating. A great walking tour wit
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Fantastic walk!
Really great walk with lovely Jenn. She was absolutely fantastic and funny. We also learned a lot about the city an
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Fantastic Experience!!!
Me and my husband had a fantastic time with Australian David on our Harry Potter tour!! He had so many funny anecd
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Magical and Enchanting
Me and my girlfriend had an enchanting and thoroughly enjoyable walk with Angus yesterday. Was great to hear about
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Sandemans quality again!!!
We've used sandemans tours all around Europe and they employ only the best and most knowledgeable staff. Jane was n
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Magical Harry “Pottour”!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour today. Our guide was Jen who was very informative and funny. She tried to make the t
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kieranb584
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Wet, and cold, put couldn’t ask for better tour guide!!
Tour was really great, and Jen made it fun and informative, really made the tour for me, come away with some good k
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An excellent introduction to Edinburgh culture and history
We signed up for the Free tour of Edinburgh (NB old town only) and were greeted by Angus (with a "g"!) who immediat
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Well worth a go!
Jane was great! We loved the trivia questions along the way and she had such a good overview not just of Harry Pott
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A great activity to enjoy the city
Went on the tour today after the one we had booked got cancelled and Australian David was very welcoming! Lots of i
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