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City of the Dead Tours

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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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well worth it! Katie was one of the best tour guides ever

I can stress enough how fun this tour fun. However, contrary to other tours this is not a "theatrical" tour but a very informative, historic as well as incredibly fun. I went with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can stress enough how fun this tour fun. However, contrary to other tours this is not a "theatrical" tour but a very informative, historic as well as incredibly fun. I went with 3 other friends and we had an absolute blast plus we learned A LOT about Edinburgh, its history as well as its dark side - and i've... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The best part of our tour last night was definitely Ian, our guide. You could tell he has a real passion for what he does and his story telling is fantastic. He worked really hard to set the scene and make the tour both fun and educational. He interacted with the whole group and was genuinely interested in making sure... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the 9pm Double Dead tour on a dark, rainy Friday night. Whilst waiting for the tour to start I did wonder why we weren't in a nice warm, dry pub but once the tour started was glad that we weren't! Our guide Ian was very good. He obviously loves his job and was really entertaining. He had a... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with these guys! The guide was right into the role and the way he told the stories and brought us into the scenes was captivating. Really cool areas we explored, down in the dungeons and at the cemetery, feeling like we're able to explore places you wouldn't otherwise be able to see. Very informative and interesting... More 

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Firenze
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's been a really cool tour, full of stories and mysteries and quite scary at a certain point. I really recommend it!!

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to do the 9.00pm night ghost tour of Edinburgh and was not disappointed. We went below the old streets of Edinburgh within the old vaults and enclosed arches where people lived stacked in like animals. After visiting all the below ground vaults we went to Greyfriars graveyard which was really interesting at night. Our guide Ian was interesting,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On a dreary rainy February night I went to take this tour with my girlfriend. While standing in the cold and rainy night I was wondering if I shouldn't be in the pub instead .... but then out tour guide Stanley came in and the tour started. Stanley was funny and captivating, the tour was informative and made me forget... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stanley made this tour worthwhile. Rainy and cold setting and had the best time with a few screams. Highly recommended

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was genuinely I little scared when we arrived at the tour and was told what would be happening, But it was actually such good fun! And our tour guide Katie really made the experience!! It was also amazing to get a real insight into Edinburgh's history!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want a giggle don't do this tour. Tour guides do not appreciate audience participation so don't try to join in the fun. £13 was way too much to be led around a brick wine cellar and then a graveyard where some fool in a plastic mask jumps out at you. The history was interesting. The ghost stories were... 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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