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City of the Dead Tours

#30 of 188 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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Best tour group in Edinburgh

I've been on several of the tours and they are just great. This is the only company to go through in Edinburgh. The story of the Covenanters' Prison should be told to more... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been on several of the tours and they are just great. This is the only company to go through in Edinburgh. The story of the Covenanters' Prison should be told to more visitors. The guides know their stuff and the tours are brilliant fun. Halloween tours are great but booking in advance is a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing scary happened other than what was in our own imaginations. This was one of 3 ghost tours I did today and it was my favorite of them. I forget our guide's name but he was very entertaining and gave a good history of the darker and more paranormal side of Edinburgh. I'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting Edinburgh,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We met our guide Fred, he was excellent great story telling. We did the double dead tour make sure you book this tour you will not be disappointed. Loved the graveyard really creepy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To be honest, I booked this tour on a whim and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Reviews were up and down with generally positive notes. I am a horror buff, my wife scares easily so why not drag her to this. What we got was a theatrically coloured tour through the darker parts of Scottish history from Gerry. Gifted... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a very large group of 40 plus that took the 7.30pm tour on Dec 29. Our female guide was pleasant and strong of voice. We chose this tour because it focused on the 'City of the Dead' but we were deeply disappointed that this just meant standing for up to 20 minutes at a time in only 2-3... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One name: Gerry!!! Our guide was excellent. He was a great story teller, theatrical but not in an annoying way. He was also really informative, I learned a lot more about Edinburgh than I expected. This tour is a great opportunity to visit the cemetery when it's not jam full of tourists as well. Definitely recommend!

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Thank Diane F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this tour on the monday night. Our tour guide Elza was great. Her voice managed to reach us over the bagpipes nearby!! The stories of torture and terror were great. As we went down into the vaults the stories continued and the adrenaline upped. I would have liked more history of the place rather than what the mediums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the Double Dead tour and it was fantastic. Our guide Gerry was very entertaining and full of information about the history of the city. If you are going to do a ghost tour make it this one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this tour just after Hogmanay, these tours are VERY popular I would highly recommend booking in advance. Starting on the Royal mile, we were shown some back streets and told the history about them we were then taken into the vaults, these are very scary and atmospheric. More history and stories and then onto a graveyard, for more fun... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, this was a bit of disappointing in terms of ghost activity. Having always been interested in dark stories, I wanted to experience the paranormal activity. Having seen great reviews of this tour, booked for double dead tour at 7.00pm. I dint feel anything different nor did I get scared. It was a normal city Walk tour from one end... 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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