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City of the Dead Tours

#29 of 189 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 9044

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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Excellent knowledge, brilliant tour guide

An amazingly scary experience with an excellent tour guide. He was hilarious, excellent at story telling and passionate about his subject. Thoroughly enjoyable and would do it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazingly scary experience with an excellent tour guide. He was hilarious, excellent at story telling and passionate about his subject. Thoroughly enjoyable and would do it again!!

1 Thank 642kate
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide was a great story teller, and brought the history of Edinburgh to life. The tall gentlemen in the cap who I brought along for comfort and warmth really enjoyed it even though a bit skeptical. This involves a lot of walking and uneven surfaces so sensible foot wear is needed. Even though there were a few cheap tricks... More 

1 Thank LAURA S
Confolent-Port-Dieu, Auvergne, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Should be called double dull tour, been more scared in my local pub on a tuesday night! We were supposed to be scared in the underground tunnels, but not likely when all you can hear is ''take your partner by the hand'' from the line dancing in the next building. And the crowning glory is someone jumping out at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were advised to go on the Double Dead Tour out of all the tours in Edinburgh which we found to book interesting for the first half but then the little party tricks came out which cheapened the experience. The tour guide blowing candles out, banging and then some numpty jumping out in a ridiculous mask. The most important story... More 

Thank Claire B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour guide was nice but the tour itself was absolute crap. Enjoyed going into the underground ruins but other than that I'd not bother. Took us to what they claim to be the 'black moselium' after finishing found out we weren't even in the right place. Tour guide would bang on things with no warning to scare people then a... More 

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Troon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our first tour of this kind and we thoroughly enjoyed it only a couple of small issues which wasn't really the guide or the tours fault. The first vault we wen`t into was very close to a night club so the atmosphere was taken away somewhat with the music you could hear which is a bit off putting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We managed to get a space on the last tour of the night leaving at 10pm. Leaving that late definitely added to the fun. Our guide was great. He always stopped in spots that had good acoustics so we could hear him well. The tour was about 90 minutes and had a fair bit of walking. Definitely wear good shoes.... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovey visit around the city, hopping to access some of the vaults and the Covenanters Prison after dark. We did the combined tour and it was really good. It's a lot of walking/standing and after a long day sight seeing I was a bit tired but the tour guide was great. Really funny, believable and had us... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great experience made better by the host who is very amusing, whitty and knowledgeable. Loss of star only down to the fact the tour only consists of 4 - 5 of the underground rooms very little compared to expectations however would do the tour again

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the "Double Dead" tour and had a great time! Visited some pretty spooky places, but because it was only 1hr 40min, we did not get to spend much time in both locations. Would love to go back and take each tour seperately. Gerry was a great story teller, however I would have liked some more horror stories of... 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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