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City of the Dead Tours

#29 of 192 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
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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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Great blend of scares and history

Visited Edinburgh this week with my girlfriend. We went on the "Double Dead" tour, which was led by David - a genuinely entertaining guy whose subtle scepticism actually made the... read more

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited Edinburgh this week with my girlfriend. We went on the "Double Dead" tour, which was led by David - a genuinely entertaining guy whose subtle scepticism actually made the truth of what happened and indeed - what could happen - even more profound. We really enjoyed the fact there was zero tacky gimmicks throughout and the graveyard was pretty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I'll be honest I wasn't really keen to go on this, as it's just not my sort of thing. However I'm really glad I did and was really impressed. David our guide was really engaging, funny and full of information which made it a fun filled evening. The vaults, graveyard and prison areas were pretty spooky and eerie by themselves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Double Death tour with Gerry. He told his story in a fun way with a great sense of humor. We enjoyed this tour very much and would really recommend going with him.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on this tour last night and it was amazing and so entertaining. Gerry was fantastic, great sense of humour and made the tour great. Underground vaults were good to think people stayed there!!! And Greyfriars Kirk was also good well worth money.

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Thank Cartney06
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my boyfriend last weekend to this tour after buying tickets online. Student's get a discount so we got the underground vault tour for £9. Our tour guide was David who was hilarious and very informative. Although it was extremely creepy, it wasn't over the top and there was no booby-traps. David just told the stories so well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I went on the Haunted Graveyard tour and found it to be very enjoyable. The guide was engaging and kept the interest of the group with his range of facts and his brilliant delivery. It was definite value for money (watch out for the offers on the website as certain nights offer 2for1 offers on different tours)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a double dead tour which took us to the underground vaults, the greyfirars bobby graveyard and the covenant prison. It was great, and it gave us an insight in to what life was like in Edinburgh hundreds of years ago. It was a great balance between informative, scary and creepy with the addition of a good amount... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the double dead tour at 9pm, was kept interesting and good fun by our guide David despite it being so cold! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went on the Double Dead Tour last night out tour guide was Iain. He was very funny, engaging and informative. We found the tour to be more historical and factual rather than scary or ghostly. It could have done with a few more ghostly and gory stories and facts, but we did enjoy ourselves and loved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having recently been to York and LOVED the ghost tours there, we knew when we saw this that we had to do it whilst staying in Edinburgh. The double dead tour was all of informative, historic, creepy, funny and entertaining. So cool to go into restricted areas of Edinburgh because they are so "active". The humour and little surprises just... 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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