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Cadies & Witchery Tours

#26 of 191 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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Address: (Victoria Street 84 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 6745
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our...

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and our walking tours have become one of Edinburgh's must-see attractions. Our tours cater to all ages, and are available at different times throughout the evening. If you have any special requirements, or are looking to arrange a personalised experience, just contact us and tell us about it.

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More funny than scary this was an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so before dinner. The guide was interesting and took us around the old part of the city which we enjoyed. Could... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Karen L
Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was really looking forward to a ghost tour but was really disappointed. The tour guide was nice, his side kick just tried to make you jump. We were given a brochure full of really good tales but unfortunately hardly any tales featured on the tour. It was interesting to see the older, spooky parts of the town and the... More 

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Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

More funny than scary this was an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so before dinner. The guide was interesting and took us around the old part of the city which we enjoyed. Could of been a few more stories and a little less dramatics from the ghostly monk but I'd recommend it as value for money.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Funny, witty, informative walking tour around Edinburgh's old town. Stories of murder, witchery, torture, told with great sense of humour and sprinkled with occasional scares, which are kind of predictable but fun all the same. I found the stories very interesting and amusing from a historical point of view, but I found them a bit scarce and it left me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Did the tour last week with my 7 year old daughter and we absolutely loved it. We had good time,giggles and lots of good memories,the American guide and his side kick mad monk were brilliant and energetic......it's just alot of fun with history and scares thrown in.I was worried my daughter wouldnt enjoy it but couldnt have been more wrong,the... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Funny, intelligent but informative tour - mixture of tales, all told with humour. Great interaction with group and certainly suitable for younger kids - my 8yr old son gave it his highest rating of "good".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great tour - lots of gruesome stories, loads of laughs and a few frights (mainly ones you're expecting but you still jump, scream and giggle) Brilliant guides in the ghostly form of Adam Lyal and the fittest, maddest, screechiest monk. Interesting, entertaining and slightly cheesy - everything I was looking for! Would thoroughly recommend!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Our guide, an American, was OK. I actually think not being a native Scottish accent worked against him as it reduced his appearance of credibility. Maybe that’s just how my mind works, but he and one of our tour participants were from the same state and their discussion about their home state immediately took us out of the mood. Plus,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We had friends from all over the UK visiting recently. Decided to take them on this tour as a slightly different introduction to Edinburgh. They all thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was excellent, blending lots of information with a great deal of humour. The audience participation was excellent too. One slight negative had nothing to do with the ability/performance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We did the murder and mystery tour which we enjoyed very much ! We had a laugh and we are so glad we've been on this tour ! The guide was very friendly !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

You'll see a lot more than the royal mile on this tour. This is a pretty vigorous walk, up and down hills and stairs, all over town. Adam did a great job as the vampiric tour guide, and I think his henchman found love in the end. It's a fun way to spend an evening.

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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-flavoured 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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