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Edinburgh - Dark History provided by All-Star Guides

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Edinburgh - Dark History

Edinburgh - Dark History
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    30
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Ah, Edinburgh! They don't call it "The Jekyll & Hyde City" for nothing. During the day, a respectable figure, with its astonishing architecture and wondrous history. But when the sun sets, it tells an entirely different story... Hear all about the darker history of Edinburgh: murderers, thieves, cannibals, hangings and decapitations, witches, the Plague and streams of human waste. Learn about the most notorious citizens of Edinburgh and how ghost stories are born. We don't need costumes or people jumping from behind the corners: Edinburgh's Dark History itself is enough to make your skin crawl. And oh, how we love to share it with our visitors...
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 246096P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • In-Person guide
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, UK Find us across the street from the Ensign Ewart pub, next to the small church with the red door.
  • Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • In-Person guide
Departure details
  • Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, UK Find us across the street from the Ensign Ewart pub, next to the small church with the red door.
  • Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Johnston Terrace
    Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, UK
    Find us across the street from the Ensign Ewart pub, next to the small church with the red door.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll end at
    Canongate Kirk
    153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK
    See address & details
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Mick C
Bochum, Germany4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Fantastic tour. We've been on 3 previously but this was the best so far. Edgar is a friendly, funny & knowledgeable host, and kept us informed & entertained for the whole trip along the Royal Mile. Recommended....
Written 31 December 2021
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Aleksandra
1 contribution
The tour was packed with interesting facts and stories. Me and my partner were fascinated throughout the whole tour. Edgar’s tour contents are all historic events, which makes it even more incredible to listen to as some of the stories sound unbelievable. Loved his bubbly personality and great energy! Always lovely to see someone this passionate about their job.
Written 30 December 2021
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tamsenb_CA
Winters, CA2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Had a great tour with Edgar…tons of history delivered with a dramatic, fun flare. Enjoyed by all four members of the family.
Written 21 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you, Tamsen, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! It was my absolute pleasure! Truly happy to hear you enjoyed our time together. :) Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best for you and your family, good luck for your sons' studies, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 30 December 2021
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Clare
London, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Edgar our tour guide was excellent.
As it was a small group he adjusted the experience to suit us.
Would definitely recommend.
Written 20 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you, Clare, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! It was my pleasure to show you around. And yes, I think that having the ability to "read the room" is fundamental when you spend time with visitors, as it avoids some possible awkward interactions. Doing the "big audience participation" is a bit silly when you have a small group, especially when you can make it a bit more casual and allow the space for more genuine interactions and questions over the topics that interest the visitor more. Advantages of not being overly scripted, I guess. Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 30 December 2021
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Rebecca K
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
Throughly enjoyed the tour with Edgar, he was very entertaining, helpful and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble! If you’re Edinburgh and looking for something a little different, I would definitely recommend this tour for you! Thank you for you time and for showing us a darker side to the city that otherwise would go unnoticed!
Written 20 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank YOU, Rebecca, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! No trouble at all! You should see the enquiries I sometimes get! ;) I'm just happy, cheesy as it sounds, to be able to deliver the same warm welcome I was so fortunate to receive all those years ago when I moved here, so, delighted to hear you had fun. Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 30 December 2021
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Megan M
Guisborough, UK1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Edgar was a great guide and made it a great experience whilst learning some very interesting history. He kept it engaging throughout the night, he is full of knowledge and it was great to talk to him! He’s a great guide and a great guy, couldn’t recommend going with him more. It was nice to go with someone who is clearly very interested in the topic and open to conversations!
Written 19 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you, Megan, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! Ah, the pleasure was all mine! I really enjoyed our time together, both during and after the tour. We live in such a polarised world that (unfortunately) it isn't often that people with opposing views can have a pleasant conversation over delicate topics anymore. So, thank you and your partner for restoring a little bit of my faith in humanity. Stay awesome. Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 30 December 2021
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darrenjudith2018
Wakefield, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Amazing tour! We had a great time with Edgar, he was very knowledgable and entertaining, showing us the darker side of central Edinburgh. Very funny and enthusiastic, we would recommend as a wonderful mix of gory facts and grim Scottish history, with local legends. Thank you Edgar ⭐️
Written 10 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Ah, thank YOU, for booking with us, for taking the time to write a review and, of course, for your kind words; they mean the world! Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 30 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sarah_A121991
South Shields, UK3 contributions
Edgar was extremely informative, welcoming and entertaining. It was a great escape into the dark history of Edinburgh. We found out things not known to us before.
Written 7 December 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you, Sarah and Lewis, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! It was my pleasure to meet you and show you around! Hope you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh and, again, hope you have a wonderful birthday! Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 9 December 2021
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Ysobel H
Abergavenny, UK27 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We loved this. We had seen a lot of advertisements for ghost tours with fancy dress, but we wanted something more authentic - and this tour really delivered!

Edgar was great at communicating before hand and easy to find to start the tour. He was really friendly and had so many amazing stories about the underbelly of the city that we could have easily listened to him all night.

The tour was 2hours long but the time went so fast! We would have happily paid for an extended tour. We are planning on doing this tour again when we are back in the city

Wrap up warm! :)
Written 25 November 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you so much, Ysobel, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! And thank you for your kind words! As I told you that night, I originally started my career doing "ghost tours" and, fun as they are, this city already has SO much gruesome History that I thought I'd go in a different direction. Delighted to hear you enjoyed it, and send me an email next time you're in town: I'll make sure to find something new for you. Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 9 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

GingerSpice
Braintree, UK3 contributions
Absolutely what we wanted.
Edgar was knowledgeable, informative, interesting and friendly. We found out so many amazing facts and stories, all brilliantly told and explained making the walk so much more intriguing with each place visited.
Thank you so much Edgar, will definitely come back to see you again when we re~visit
We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants the gruesome facts & detailed events of historic Edinburgh
Best Regards
Vicki & Kevin
Written 17 November 2021
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Edgar_All-StarGuides
Thank you, Vicki and Kevin, for booking with us, and for taking the time to write a review! And thank you for being so awesome as well! It's always a pleasure to meet such interested people as you. I must confess I was a bit worried after the tour, as you were already so knowledgeable that I was concerned about giving you redundant information, but delighted to hear you had fun and still managed to learn something new. Send me an email next time you're in town. Again, if there is anything else I can help you with, don't hesitate to contact. And make sure to find us on social media for more stories! All the best, and until our paths cross again; Edgar
Written 9 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Brilliant tour of Edinburgh
Brilliant tour. Our guide Edgar was knowledgable and funny. He gave us lots of story’s and interesting facts. Also
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Test time for Edgar, Sophie has a history degree
Edgar our guide was super. Very knowledgeable, and was very funny. Enjoyed the 2 hours with lots of laughs and gave
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Brilliant
Very informative, engaging with a lot of fun and interaction. Our tour guide Edgar and an absolute star. He answere
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Fantastic tour of Edinburgh! Couldn't ask for a better guide!
We as a family with children all enjoyed the tour tremendously! Our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable. He
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Best tour ever
Super passionate and truly amazing guide, adapted fully to the groups wants and planned thereafter. Extremely gener
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Awesome tour of the city!
Had a great tour of Edinburgh with Edgar. His personality, enthusiasm and knowledge of the city made it an incredib
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