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Fright Night Tour provided by City of Edinburgh Tours

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See a different side of Edinburgh on this ghost tour of the city's medieval Old Town. Discover hidden alleyways and lanes as your guide (in period costume) recounts sinister tales of the city's dark past, with stories of murderers, witches, and grave robbers. Visit a reportedly haunted graveyard and go underground to the South Bridge Vaults where people once lived and worked—and, more gruesomely, bodysnatchers stole corpses.
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  • You'll start at
    Royal Mile
    109 The Royal Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK
    City of Edinburgh Tours Old Police Box, 9 hunter Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS, UK Edit
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    Royal Mile
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    Visit Edinburgh's most famous haunted locations Explore the world's most haunted graveyard Escape the streets above into the depths below, where nobody can hear you scream...
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  • You'll end at
    Royal Mile
    109 The Royal Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK
    City of Edinburgh Tours Old Police Box, 9 hunter Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS, UK Edit
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Highlights
  • Get a different perspective on a Edinburgh’s history
  • Discover parts of Old Town overlooked by most tourists
  • Hear captivating tales from your guide, dressed in period costume
  • Visit hidden chambers inside South Bridge's arches
What to Expect
Your tour begins on Old Town's Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide, dressed as one of the city's notorious characters. Follow your guide and hear the dark secrets of Old Town as you head down the lanes and narrow wynds (alleyways) that were once the heart of Edinburgh's slums. Discover the true stories of the people who lived in these cramped quarters, as well as mysteries that persist to this day. Walk through a graveyard that is believed to be haunted and examine what’s written on the gravestones. Next, go deep underground into some of the vaults that made up an underworld city in 18th-century Edinburgh. Your guide returns you street level where your tour concludes back on the Royal Mile.
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Departure Point
109 The Royal Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK
Duration
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 75 minute tour of the Old Town, Greyfriars Kirkyard and the South Bridge vaults.
  • Led by a guide in period costume playing a real historical character.
  • Learn more about the gruesome history of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
  • Marvel at the darkened Gothic splendour of Greyfriars Kirkyard.
  • Descend into the South Bridge vaults and discover their secrets.
  • All stories are based on actual individuals and events.
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Mile
Exclusions
  • None
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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isla j wrote a review Oct 2020
Paris, France1 contribution
Had an amazing tour with Hellish Nell, she was so great! Kept everyone interested the whole time and she was hilarious. Absolutely loved it and will be telling all my friends and family to go!
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Nadia Cumming wrote a review Oct 2020
Airdrie, United Kingdom17 contributions7 helpful votes
We done this tour as a family, two adults and two children (14 & 10). It was absolutely brilliant, Agnes the witch was a wonderful guide, our girls girls can't stop telling her stories. Our eldest managed to get a recording of an orb whilst in the vault which she is thrilled
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Alan S wrote a review Oct 2020
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Fantastic tour and great tales. Dr Knox the tour guide was a great character, the perfect balance of creepy with a great sense of humour throughout. When underground and a voice was heard Dr Knox seemed uneasy himself, whether he genuinely was creeped out or it was great acting
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Inga H wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom23 contributions58 helpful votes
Fantastic experience thanks to Dr Knox who was a real character, knowledgeable, fun and quite scary. Ghost tours are now my favourite past-time!
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Mark M wrote a review Oct 2020
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Great night out. Our guide Paul the Hangman made it a great experience.....some great stories and locations. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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kirbieleer
kirbieleer
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Nobody turned up
No body turned up to do the tour we was waiting for an hour. Emailed several times never got a reply back just got
jadejames
jadejames
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Brilliant tour
James Douglas guided our ghost tour and he was absolutely brilliant! Even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits :) The
David32Hope
David32Hope
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Very Enjoyable
Really enjoyed it, our guide James was very knowledgeable, scared us a few times as well as make us laugh. I would
Letykerr
Letykerr
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James rocks
James Douglas was our guide and was the best thing I’ve done in Edinburgh. So much fun and truly scary - the energy
Canfield96
Canfield96
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Thanks James, G + P
Despite it being just the 3 of us, James made the tour very entertaining, full of history and banter
TheElderBirb
TheElderBirb
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Perfect!
What an awesome night we spent with James Douglas! He was everything you could want in a tour guide: funny, engagin
alexhI2374EJ
alexhI2374EJ
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Great tour
Booked a ghost tour for Saturday night as something different as the pubs are closed etc and was not disappointed!
claire_osh
claire_osh
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Fascinating stories with James as Guide
My ghost tour with James was wonderful! I am 18 and was alone on my tour, so James was very professional made it a
michaelforrest14
michaelforrest14
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Amazing tour!
Myself and my girlfriend were stuck for things to do with there being no pubs open and limited things to do in the
BnBfife
BnBfife
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The amazing James tour guide
We had James for our tour guide banter was 10/10, had a fantastic time, found out loads of information about the ar
cobaltblue1
cobaltblue1
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Fantastic Tour in the dark!
I did this tour with my partner in November and we both loved it. James was a fantastic tour guide - knew when to m
Charlotte P
Charlotte P
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Great tour and a good laugh in this pandemic!
Great tour given by James, very historical and a good laugh! Would definitely recommend booking and we’ll certainly
Edwardholland194
Edwardholland194
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Fantastic
James was fantastic! Full of knowledge and also hilarious. Great walk around Edinburgh as well. Would definitely bo
amygG5068ZY
amygG5068ZY
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An absolute treat.
Could not thank James enough. Booked for my partners birthday and we were not disappointed. Was thoroughly entertai
Ontherin
Ontherin
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Perfect tour with an acknowledged guy - James Douglas
I really enjoyed this tour, it was fun and educating at the same time. Definitely recommend going and especially on
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