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The Wander of Science: A scientific and historical walking tour of Edinburgh
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The Wander of Science: A scientific and historical walking tour of Edinburgh

By The Wander of Science
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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About
How did a local sheep named Dolly change the field of genetics forever? Where did anatomists get human bodies for dissection in the 1800s? Who were the #EdinburghSeven? What did a philandering farmer discover that rocked the Church in the 1700s? Why did Darwin hate the Edinburgh medical school so much? Who was the 16-year-old Edinburgh Uni student whom Einstein later called the greatest physicist since Newton? Discover the extraordinary scientists and world-changing science that came from Edinburgh, and hear tales of brilliance, luck, persistence, incompetence, ignorance, vanity, greed, bigotry, and pure evil in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A small-group tour led by Dr Sujai Kumar, a scientist and long-term Edinburgh resident.

Ages 12-100, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Expert local guide with a science PhD


Start:
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1JS, UK
    We meet travellers on the wide stone steps in front of the National Museum on Chambers Street. You can arrive a bit early and use the museum toilets, or grab a coffee/snack from their excellent cafe before we start.
End:
  • Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, UK
    We end at the entrance to Dynamic Earth, near where there are toilets and cafes. You can continue your explorations of Edinburgh by climbing Arthur's Seat, if you like :-)

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 179076P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will be walking ~1.5 miles or ~2.5 km over 2 hours, so this is an easy paced walk with lots of stops. There will be bathrooms available at the start, middle, and end of the tour. Please bring some protection from the rain if the weather is bad.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 179076P1

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    National Museum of Scotland
    Edinburgh EH1 1JS, UK
    We meet travellers on the wide stone steps in front of the National Museum on Chambers Street. You can arrive a bit early and use the museum toilets, or grab a coffee/snack from their excellent cafe before we start.
    See address & details
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    National Museum of Scotland
    Stop: 2 hours
    We begin at the front steps of the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, where I introduce the tour and provide a quick overview of how a place as small as Edinburgh has contributed so much science and so many incredible scientists to the world. Over the next two hours we will typically explore: - the Old College of Edinburgh University (established in 1582), home to one of the greatest chemists of the 18th century and the greatest physicist of the 19th century - Charles Darwin's lodgings, where he lived while studying at Edinburgh, and where he developed his natural history skills - the old Medical school, and learn about the people there who were responsible for anaesthesia, antiseptics, the #EdinburghSeven, and Sherlock Holmes! - Greyfriars Kirkyard, which has many famous scientists buried and has horrific connections with the medical school - the ground floor of the National Museum, to see some of the amazing artefacts linked to the tour - Surgeons Hall, and how the #EdinburghSeven were prevented from writing an exam there - Peter Higgs' house, where he wrote the paper that won him the Nobel prize - Surgeon's Square, where the best surgeon in Edinburgh fell from grace - Cowgate/Canongate, and their links with the Scottish Enlightenment - Dynamic Earth, where we will touch a 2.8 BILLION-year-old rock and learn about the father of modern geology.
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  • You'll end at
    Dynamic Earth
    Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, UK
    We end at the entrance to Dynamic Earth, near where there are toilets and cafes. You can continue your explorations of Edinburgh by climbing Arthur's Seat, if you like :-)
    See address & details
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  • The Wander of Science
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    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Joined in July 2019
  • KyriakiLewis
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not be missed!
    This tour was wonderful! Sujai is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable when it comes to sharing stories about scientists associated with Edinburgh. We loved how passionate he was and also all the props that he made to help us remember all these important scientists. It's a tour not to be missed!
    Written 27 June 2021
  • jasonwilliamsny
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and unique tour
    This was an excellent tour by a knowledgeable guide covering Edinburgh like you have never seen before! So much science history within just a few blocks. As a scientist myself I’m impressed. Thanks!
    Written 8 December 2019
  • Sunny111211
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful science tour
    Thank you Sujai for the very informative science tour of Edinburgh. I live in Edinburgh for several years and did other tours of the city. Sujai managed to give me insights into Edinburgh that I never knew before. He knows a lot about the scientists that lived in the city. He's very funny and enthusiastic about science. I enjoyed the tour very much!
    Written 29 July 2019
  • predictorx
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Science
    If you are a fan of science and want to understand and to connect the dots of legends coming from or originate from Edinburgh, this Wander of Science will surprisingly uncover these interesting persons for you.
    Written 28 July 2019
  • 89l5
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally! A scientific tour of Edinburgh
    Great tour! Instead of the usual ghost stories and legends, a tour that sticks to science. Sujai is very friendly and keen to interact. Focuses as well on the lesser known stories, so recommended for both tourists and Edinburgh natives
    Written 27 July 2019
  • ActiveMotive
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique insight into Edinburgh's history
    Fantastic tour! Even after living in Edinburgh for years Sujai took us to places and told stories that I didn't know. This tour is awesome is you want to see central Edinburgh and learn about its history off the beaten path of all the standard ghost and Harry Potter tours.
    Written 27 July 2019
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Danny K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sujai is a great host and I can't recommend this tour enough. He imparts his knowledge of the scientific history of Edinburgh with an infectious enthusiasm. A lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and you'll learn a bit too! Cheers mate!
Written 9 January 2020
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Linda
Champaign, IL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
On each of my many trips to Edinburgh, I've walked through both the famous and lesser-known parts of this beautiful city with the energetic, story-telling, science-loving Sujai – long before he started officially giving tours. So I was thrilled when I heard that wandering with this enthusiastic scientist is now a walking tour option for everyone – not just his visiting friends! This tours weaves together fascinating stories from many scientific disciplines with humor and passion, and all in an atmosphere that feels instantly interactive and friendly. Oh, and don't worry if you happen to be traveling with someone who claims they're "not a science person". Trust me, they'll still love the tour, and it may make them a science person after all.
Written 29 July 2019
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Thank you for testing out a lot of the material over several years! The Wander of Science has been fun to do precisely because of people like you who are curious about the world around them and want to fill in the gaps between facts and dates with real stories of real people :-)
Written 22 August 2019
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LTP555
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Despite being a local, I learned loads that I didn’t know about Edinburgh and the science content was fascinating even for a non-scientist like me! And a special shout-out for the Edinburgh Seven story and its long overdue but shockingly recent happy ending. Loads to learn and all stories shared with enthusiasm by Sujai. Great tour!
Written 31 July 2019
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I knew a lot of the stories already, but I learnt so many amazing stories while researching this tour, so it's been a real pleasure to share them with everyone - tourists and locals. Glad you enjoyed the tour!
Written 22 August 2019
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Mark B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Sujai filled the two hours with enthusiasm, anecdote and history. Standing in the Medical School Quad we found out that the discovery of chloroform as an anaesthetic was an accidental outcome of a bunch of doctors trying every imbibable or sniffable substance going just to see what happened, and that they were lucky not to have killed themselves. We also got Sujai's rendition of the Penicillin musical! Sam (aged 9 3/4) wasnt tempted by the Harry Potter tours happening all around... listened to every word!
Written 30 July 2019
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Thank you both for coming! Sam was an exceptional audience member, and thank you for your insights into Darwin's beach in Edinburgh (now Seafield)
Written 30 August 2019
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Thúy (Ella)
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
It will absolutely be a lost for science and history lovers if you miss this tour when coming to Edinburgh. This is a well-curated and well-told experience about how some of the most iconic events and figures of Science had happened in this city. Don't worry about being lost or bored with facts, as the whole tour is an augmented story where you yourself get to play a curious student and actively see and touch things as well. The crowd of this tour are also delightful people who will fact-check or add in to what Sujai tell you - the enthusiastic and funny guide. The tour is not limited to any type of audience, but the more you are interested in connecting the dots, the more it will satisfy.
Written 29 July 2019
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One of the best parts of doing this tour has been learning several stories from the tour-goers - I've had geneticists, zoologists, physicists on the tour who've contributed fascinating facts and anecdotes. Thanks for coming and for being such an enthusiastic dot-connector!
Written 22 August 2019
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SaR
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
One of the best walking tours I have done so far! If you are interested in science and big discoveries or simply want a tour off the beaten track of ghost stories and Harry Potter, this is the tour to go for! Really enjoyed the 1.5 hours learning about Darwin and co and how Edinburgh is related to their discoveries.
Written 29 July 2019
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Delighted you enjoyed the tour! I figured there were enough tours about made up stuff in Edinburgh, especially when there are so many fascinating TRUE stories about amazing discoveries and extraordinary people here!
Written 22 August 2019
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Edward
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Arranged as part of a visit to the city, the Tour began at the national museum. From the moment we met Sujai to the very end he had everyones attention with his endless knowledge and enthusiastic delivery. Taking in a huge variety of places, the tour looks at how the people of Edinburgh have influenced the world of science (Scientific knowledge not required).
Sujai has a unique delivery style that has the group laughing, joining in and having a wonderful tour. With toilet stops on the way and and his visable time stick guiding the group, the tour is definately one not to be missed.
Written 25 October 2019
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Road825673
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Brilliant tour with a knowledgable guide. Thoroughly recommend for anyone interested in the scientific history of the city.
Written 2 August 2019
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Thanks for the kind words! It really is an amazing history for a city so small!
Written 22 August 2019
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CavidNadirov
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
As a person who works with hundreds of tour guides per year, I can clearly say Sujai has the natural ability to guide! The stories on the tour were really interesting, sharp and quick to grab your attention. Even if you are not from a scientific community, definitely enjoy this short tour for very interesting exploration :)
Written 1 August 2019
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You're right - this is a tour for everyone, not just scientists. I do my best to connect the places and people and stories with everything around us - from Antibiotics to Zoology! Thanks for joining in!
Written 22 August 2019
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Carolina R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A very unique walking tour of the city centre with a scientific twist! Funny and knowledgeable guide and best sights of a beautiful city :)
Written 8 January 2020
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