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Cadies & Witchery Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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About Cadies & Witchery Tours
The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and light-hearted outdoor walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Alexander Clapperton (deceased) and our 'jumper-ooters' bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies & Witchery Tours have been entertaining people from all over the world ever since, and have become one of Edinburgh's must-see attractions. Our tours cater to all ages. We also have a wee ghoulish booking office and gift shop in West Bow (Victoria Street) where you can find an array of ghoulish and fantastical curiosities. An ornate black box on the shop counter houses a fascinating gory relic from the capital's grim past. This original artefact is a small calling-card case made out of the skin of the notorious "bodysnatcher" William Burke. We bought this grisly relic at a Phillips' auction in 1988 for £1050 (outbidding Surgeons' Hall Museum).
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Mike M wrote a review 21 Jan
Austin, Texas6 contributions1 helpful vote
The three of us had a grand time, laughing the entire evening at the irony, comedic timing and details that Alexander Clapperton, Deceased, shared with us. In the first few minutes he had made everyone at ease among the three unrelated groups who comprised our tour. Over the course of 105 minutes (delightfully longer than the scheduled 80 minutes), he - and the actor who recurred to frighten and educate us in numerous historic roles (executed witch, licensed beggar, mad monk, armed Jacobite, hanged body snatcher, and prostitute Agnes) - kept us totally entertained. The evening was interactive, with volunteers from the tour experiencing thumb-screws used to extract confessions from accused witches and a portable stock used to confine the neck and wrists of a scoundrel. I would happily repeat this tour many times.
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Barbara H wrote a review 20 Jan
Edinburgh, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
An excellent introduction to the extensive history of Greyfriars Kirkyard on an interesting and informative tour. Warm clothes in winter needed, but a good time to avoid the seasonal tourist crowds.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Aoife K wrote a review 20 Jan
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
I loved this tour, as did my boyfriend. We got such a laugh out of the character actor playing various historical figures and thought there was a real effort to make the tour entertaining and engaging for the duration. The perfect balance of humour and history. Thanks guys!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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JSACLS wrote a review 12 Jan
County Durham, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Robin was very informative and friendly. Although there was only my friend and myself on the tour, we felt very much at ease walking around Greyfriars chatting. We learnt a lot of interesting facts. Much better knowing more about the people behind the names on the tombs. After this tour it gave much more meaning to the statues and monuments you come across as you wandered through Edinburgh as you knew who these people were. Robin had an amazing knowledge of the graveyard and history of Scotland. We really enjoyed the tour.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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FrequentFlier706494 wrote a review 4 Jan
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We attended the 7pm show with kids (4yr & 7yr); at times they were startled by the actors jumping out however overall thoroughly enjoyed the stories, history, facts and above all reconstructed characters.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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