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City of the Dead Tours

Edinburgh, Scotland
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Super Meh

The tour was pretty lame to be honest. You get to see three vaults and that was the extent of... read more

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Excellent Double Dead Tour

A great mix of history and horror. Katie our tour guide was brilliant. We were taken round the... read more

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Our walks are written and researched by historical author and award winning novelist, J A Henderson. Our guides are a mixture of historians and professional entertainers, picked for their ability to improvise entertain. As a result we have enjoyed years of rave media reviews. City of the Dead has been named “Britain’s Best Ghost Walk” by Scare.com, Yahoo! Travel and Virgin Media and is the only Scottish attraction to be short listed for the prestigious Screamie Awards (3 times!) and the Luxury Travel Awards. We also won Scare Tours ‘Best Ghost Tour’ award. Best of all we have sole access to two of the word’s most haunted sites. Damnation Alley is in the South Bridge Vaults and part of Edinburgh’s legendary Underground City. The Covenanter’s Prison is a locked section of Greyfriars Graveyard and lair of the infamous‘Mackenzie Poltergeist’. This entity is the best documented supernatural case of all time and responsible for hundreds of ‘attacks’ on the tours.
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Edinburgh, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour was pretty lame to be honest. You get to see three vaults and that was the extent of anything interesting. The tour guide didn't seem to know much and told more modern tourist "happenings" and less historic stuff. Not impressed. Wouldn't pay for...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great mix of history and horror. Katie our tour guide was brilliant. We were taken round the vaults and the locked part of Greyfriars graveyard and told stories of ghosts and poltergeists along with the history of Edinburgh. I would recommend this tour to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Great tour - tour guide was excellent. My only complaint is the tour guide walked really quickly and we had a little trouble trying to catch up on some of those really steep streets. Slow down a little to make sure everyone from the tour...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My friend and I went on the double dead tour on June 14th at 10pm and it was fantastic! Our tour guide Katie was amazing! A natural storyteller, she integrated the city's history with some of her own stories and it was a fantastically spooky...More

1  Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been on the underground tour twice now, what really sets this one apart is the rapport that Tonks establishes with the group and the bloodthirsty vigour she puts into the storytelling. Really good historical information, well told at a sensible pace, while the atmospheric...More

1  Thank Phil C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A fun night tour in Edinburgh even if it was a little cheesy. Some interesting details given regarding the city's grim history.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lots and lots of historical stories! Loved it. I did cry a little bit because I was so scared of the poltergeist. But overall nice tour that I would recommend.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Five middle aged ladies up from Sussex liked the previous reviews of this tour and decided to join in the hope of having the thrill of our life! Iain ( with 2 ‘i’s) didn’t disappoint. He was highly entertaining and extremely informative and managed to...More

3  Thank jclarke12
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time with Oska as our tour guide. We were given some history and then brought down to the underground vaults. It was very insightful experience.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was the second time I have done the city of the dead tour however this time I did the double dead tour which includes the graveyard tour. I have to say the both time's I have been on the tour I have enjoyed it....More

1  Thank mikeycoggan
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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
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Michelle H
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Response from Kirstie B | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I bought mine in the tourist information office outside Waverley Station
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SydneyJasper
April 25, 2017|
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Response from MalayDixit | Reviewed this property |
Double dead tour covers both the locations and it is of longer duration; so more walking.
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