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Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

Product ID: 20540
See Edinburgh's darker side on this tour hosted by a deceased cemetery director! Mr. Clapperton will lead you through the courtyards and hidden corners of the old city, entertaining you with tales of witchcraft, punishments, executions and invasions.
About this activity
Duration: 80 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover Edinburgh's ghostly side in the company of a deceased cemetery director!
  • Experience plenty of laughs and maybe a few frights
  • Enjoy a tour that's fun for the whole family
  • Receive a free copy of the best selling "Witchery Tales"
Full description
Your ghostly guide is the deceased Alexander Clapperton, who was an Edinburgh Cemetery Director during the 1840s. Mr Clapperton will take you on a light-hearted journey through Edinburgh's dark past, telling tales of tortures, plague, witchcraft and invasion as he leads you through the Old Town's atmospheric closes and courtyards.

En route Mr. Clapperton will introduce some Edinburgh characters summoned from the mists of time - so be prepared for a few laughs and well as the odd fright! The tour price includes a copy of the bestselling 'Witchery Tales' book - essential bedtime reading and an ideal way to delve further into Edinburgh's darker history!
  • Qualified Ghostly Guide
  • Copy of the best-selling "Witchery Tales" book by Adam Lyal (deceased).
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tours depart from outside the front of 'The Witchery Restaurant,' located near Edinburgh Castle at 352 Castlehill (Royal Mile), EH1 2NF. Please note that from 3 August 2020 to 29 August 2020 (except Sundays 9, 16, 23 August), all tours will depart from the supplier's shop, located at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street), EH1 2HH.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Guests should arrive 5 minutes before scheduled departure time
• Please wear appropriate footwear (you will be walking on cobblestoned streets)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Great fun and lots of laughter

Fantastic tour!! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but ended up enjoying it so much. Guys did an amazing job, they also had to improvise at some point due to an unplanned intrusion, and they had us all in stitches. I will be visiting Edinburgh again with my friend next year, and we will definitely go to do this tour. Very light-hearted and suitable for families as well.

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July 28, 2019

Fun trip

We were a party of 7 women joined by another 2 women. It was fun throughout! The “spirit guide”, Alexander Clapperton” did a great job and kept us informed and entertained. The various “characters” we met en route added to the atmosphere and fun. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone up for wee bit of a laugh!!

April 19, 2018

It was unique and entertaining from start to finish. The two gentlemen made you really feel part of Edinburgh's history.

June 22, 2019

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The Cadies & Witchery Tours

Product ID: 20540