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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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Get Ready to Scream!!!

We went on The Haunted Graveyard Tour. Our tour guide, John, is a master story teller! He entertained our group with gruesome tales and hilarious anecdotes. If you want some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Hyderabad, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It became boring after the first vault was shown. Just couple of vaults shown along with the visit to cemetery. It was more on the listening side (ghost stories which could be fake as well) rather than seeing side. Definitely not worth the money, and not recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on The Haunted Graveyard Tour. Our tour guide, John, is a master story teller! He entertained our group with gruesome tales and hilarious anecdotes. If you want some laughs, screams and all around fun, do the tour!

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

Quite boring, as you basically have to listen to stories instead of exploring places. In 1.5 hrs, we looked at just 3 rooms!!

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Goulais River, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tour was a painful experience. Having done a different tour of Edinburgh's underground caverns on a previous trip, which was excellent (with a different company) I had high expectations for this tour. This one basically involved listening to the tour guide talk for an hour while walking about 20ft between two underground rooms, all the while loud music pumped... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour it was very funny with interesting facts and just enough to scare the Misses!! Ian the tour guide was pretty funny in more ways than one lol..... 😂😂😂😂 Paul and Claire

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

David was phenomenal. The locations we visited and the stories rooted in history made it very authentic. One of the best things we have done in Scotland so far. Definitely recommend the tour, especially David!

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Thank c1409168
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on the Double Dead tour, which was a walking tour into the underground and through Greyfriar's into the Covenanter's prison. I had Ian as a tour guide, and he was incredible. It's not a "jump out at you" scary tour, it's more a gristly history, the side of Edinburgh that you don't see just walking up and down... More 

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Thank Rachel D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to do the double dead tour after discussing whether we wanted to visit the vaults or not. David was great and his stories were really interesting. Although I got a bit more than I expected when the guide and his collaborator scared everyone on purpose a couple of times. Next time I would love to take a light version... More 

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

This tour is well worth doing if you're a fan of history or the supernatural. A truly fascinating tour, with a very knowledgable and entertaining guide.

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked for the tour because I wanted to see the crypts which were very interesting , our guide Hamish was excellent and a font of knowledge, not sure I believed the ghosties though, I would have liked time to explore the coventers prison more, this seemed very interesting, shame it's locked to the public

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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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