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City of the Dead Tours

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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 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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Gerry is the best tour guide!

My husband and I went on the Double Dead Walking Tour our first night in Edinburgh. Our tour guide, Gerry, was absolutely wonderful! He was a wealth of information about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I went on the Double Dead Walking Tour our first night in Edinburgh. Our tour guide, Gerry, was absolutely wonderful! He was a wealth of information about the history of Scotlan, the Old Town of Edinburgh as well as the underground city and The Bluidy MacKenzie legend, just to name a few. Every story that he told... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband snd i went on tbe double dews tour. It was informative, the guide was a great storyteller and it was a genuinely spooky experience! Enjoyed it very much. I liked the fact the guide (Gerry) talked about the history of the places, which to be honest is far more disturbing than some actor with a mask. It lasted... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had quite a large group of around 30 people on our Wednesday evening tour. The guide was very enthusiastic but the whole tour felt a bit like being at an amateur dramatics event. You don't really get to see all that much of the underground vaults, and there was a lot of gory story-telling without much content. There was... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went specifically through to Edinburgh for this ghost tours, there are many ghost tours so it's hard to choose. This has got to be one of the most disappointing experiences I have ever paid for. The tour guide was a poor story teller, Edinburgh is a naturally atmospheric city but this tour ma aged to take the atmosphere out of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from a weekend in Edinburgh, and doing a tour of the vaults had always been on my to do list so my cousin and I booked on the Double Dead tour with City of the Dead, we went from them based on their reviews and the fact that they we the only tour group to take you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister & I attended the 8pm Underground Vaults tour, our guide Eliza (I think, sorry!) was informative & humorous, her clear, loud voice made it easy to hear no mater how many buskers or lorries tried to drown her out. The story's of the crypts them self are that of poverty, war and murder which is scary in itself,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my fiancée took this tour last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The guide Ian was informative and very entertaining. This tour is a must see when you are here, and we certainly be trying some others.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing tour lead by Katie, our lovely BBC Scottish tour guide!! It was the double dead tour, nice small group, interesting tales and it was a dark windy night which made it even more atmospheric. They do warn you that you go on the tour at your own risk .... my boyfriend quickly found out why, he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was without a doubt one of the highlights of our visit to Edinburgh. I really liked the historical stuff Gerry knew and he was able to answer every question with authority. I'd definitely go again if I'm back in Edinburgh.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was good and entertaining, but the tour was far too big - must have been about 20 people - far too many people to even feel scared. The tour guide did give it her all (Sam) she's was really good. However we thought we would see more of the vaults, we only seen a couple, yet apparently the vaults... 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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