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City of the Dead Tours

#28 of 184 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9044
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These walks are designed by best selling historical author and award...

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

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Double dead walking tour- double thumbs up

Went under south bridge vaults and then on to the cemetery. Starting at 10am. The guide was great, really engaging and made it fun. Would highly recommend, albeit quite long at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
richard d
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went under south bridge vaults and then on to the cemetery. Starting at 10am. The guide was great, really engaging and made it fun. Would highly recommend, albeit quite long at 1h45mins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must for a fun couple of hours before hitting the pub. Our guide was very knowledgeable and theatrical. Even in the rain it was fun and gripping. Only downside was when you kept bumping into other tours.

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Ellon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I went on the underground tour at 2030. The actual 'underground' area was a couple of caverns off of a busy area at the Cowgate. To be honest I was really looking forward to the tour but I was really disappointed. You could hear noises from the adjacent venues, at one point someone took out a wheelie... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great tour, great guide Gerry !!! We did the double tour (graveyard and vault) The tour was funny, instructive and very well presented. We went thru the ancient vault and had an amazing story about how it was built and why, our guide was very interesting and knew is history. We than went to the graveyard and again, great story... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cobbled streets of Edinburgh are the perfect place for a ghost tour! We did this tour on a cold (albeit practically balmy for Edinburgh) New Year's Day evening, which was perfect! I love tours like this and the scarier the better! We chose to do the "Double Dead tour". This began outside St. Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Always love these type of things.. This was enjoyable mainly because of the host. Love the story telling and historic part of tours that most leave out for cheap scares. 13 pound for 105 mins.. go at 10pm ;)

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was excellent - very interesting history/background to the graveyard itself and city, just the right level of spookiness, morbid fascination and scariness. We were two adults and a 16- and (nearly) 12-year old and all thoroughly enjoyed it. The children found it much more enjoyable than they were expecting. A torch for yourself would be useful for walking through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think the tour guides name was Andy, he was very good. Told us all about the history of the place and took us all around the graveyard and the old prison.... There's a couple of "scares"

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did the underground vault tour; positive: fantastic tour guide. Negative: saw 1 large and 2 smaller vaults. According to the tour guide the vaults run 1000 meters long so we saw very little of them for little time. Fringe was using some of the vaults and I felt cheated that we saw so little.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

David was fantastic: just the right mix of historical information, humour and spookiness. I actually found it very moving to listen to the struggles that people in Edinburgh endured in the past, through poverty or because of their faith. I liked that David was very firm about expected behaviour and setting down ground rules (eg: don't touch people on the... More 

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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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