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Fright Night Tour

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
  • 75-minute Edinburgh Old Town, graveyard, and underground vaults ghost tour
  • Discover the Old Town ‘wynds’ and closes, and learn about their history
  • Walk through a graveyard steeped in folklore and mystery
  • Explore underground vaults that contain the remains of an old street and buildings
  • Hear about Edinburgh's dark past and ghosts, murders, crimes, and more
  • Narrated by a guide dressed as an infamous, long-dead Edinburgh citizen
  • Evening tour suitable for families
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75 minute tour of the Old Town, Greyfriars Kirkyard and the South Bridge vaults.
Led by a guide in period costume playing a real historical character.
Learn more about the gruesome history of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Marvel at the darkened Gothic splendour of Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Descend into the South Bridge vaults and discover their secrets.
All stories are based on actual individuals and events.
124 High St , 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

City of Edinburgh Tours Old Police Box, 9 hunter Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS, UK Edit

8:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Start your evening walking tour when you meet your guide on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh Old Town. Your guide will be dressed as one of the city’s long-deceased, real-life characters, and on route, you’ll discover his or her identity, and hear fascinating stories about them.

For starters, head down lanes and wynds off the Royal Mile that were once the heart of Edinburgh’s slums and rife with intrigue and criminality. Roam the cramped passageways and closes, and discover true stories about their history and occupants, and the mysteries that still swirl around them.

Next, pass through a dark graveyard, believed to be haunted, and steeped in lore and legend. See some of the interesting tombstones, and soak in the spooky atmosphere.

Then, descend into some of Edinburgh’s infamous underground vaults, a network of 18th-century chambers that contain remnants of an old street and buildings. Learn about the poor who once lived here in squalor, and hear anecdotes about ghosts, witchcraft, murders, and other grisly occurrences.

As you look around, watch and listen for unexplained happenings and noises in the tunnels, before returning to street level. Your tour then concludes when you bid farewell to your guide.
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Royal Mile
Visit Edinburgh's most famous haunted locations Explore the world's most haunted graveyard Escape the streets above into the depths below, where nobody can hear you scream...
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Spooky Night in Edinburgh
, Dec 2021
Brilliant experience and locations! Dr Knox was an amazing tour guide, both funny and knowledgeable about the darker side of Edinburgh.
Hellish nel made a wet night fantastic
, Dec 2021
Seriously had second thoughts about going due to the heavy glad I did. Soaked to the skin but hardly realised as hellish nell narrated us through edinburghs scary history. It was informative and fun at the same time. I would recommend to anyone coming to Edinburgh to do the same
Very very sad
, Nov 2021
We were 5 minutes late for the tour and the group was already gone. We tried to call and see if we could catch up to the group but no one answered the phone.
Informative but not worth...
, Nov 2021
Informative but not worth the money. A bit disappointed as me and my friend were looking forward to it.
Amazing and want to go again!!
, Nov 2021
Absolutely fantastic, John the Scientist told stories really well, the underground vaults were really spooky. Loved it!!
Brilliant tour!
, Nov 2021
We had the pleasure of having the “Hangman” brilliant tour & tour guide, love the tales of Edinburgh past and the tour of Grave yard
Fab fright night tour
, Nov 2021
Great tour guide. Great stories. Overall fab tour. Definitely worth doing. Thanks to the Hangman for a very informative and enjoyable evening.
, Nov 2021
Hellish Nell is an amazing Tour guide and you learn a lot about the dark history of Edinburgh from her.
It was boring and an...
, Oct 2021
It was boring and an educational not a fright night. There was nothing scary qbout this experience and it was very similar to a tour you van get for £5
, Oct 2021
Overall pretty poor, went into grey friars Bobby's grave yard & not 1 word was spoken about the history of that.
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