Guided tour

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

From US$ 19.29 per person

Take a tour around Scotland’s most infamous graveyard, Greyfriars Kirkyard. Learn more about the lives of many of the incredible characters inhumed in this picturesque historic burial-ground.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Discover the secrets of the 16th century graveyard at Greyfriars Church
  • Hear the fascinating stories of its notable deceased
  • Expect the unexpected from this once not so peaceful burial-ground
  • Decipher the cryptic and curious meanings of fascinating funeral art
Full description
Explore Greyfriars Kirkyard, one of the most atmospheric, haunted, densely populated, and interesting burial grounds in Scotland. With your expert guide learn more about the lives of its famous and often infamous expired occupants, from the endearing and humorous to the horrifying and disturbing. Find out what inspirations J.K Rowling took from this 16th-century graveyard for her Harry Potter novels and discover the often cryptic and enigmatic meanings behind beautifully carved tombstone engravings and sculptures. Hear of the measures which were taken in an attempt to prevent grave-robbing and the consequences of this plundering. Uncover the dark stories related to the graveyard and hear more about a malevolent poltergeist who is said to still haunt Greyfriars to this day.
  • Professional, costumed guide
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour starts. The meeting point is the Tourist information booth/office outside of the Bank of Scotland entrance. This is on the opposite side of the road to Deacon Brodies Tavern.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine, please dress accordingly
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

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Booked this Auld Reekie tour last minute as we arrived in Edinburgh. It was very enjoyable and informative and looked at a different aspect of Edinburgh history. Our guide Sophie brought history to life and was brilliant. Social history is so interesting and I’ve have never visited Greyfriars Kirk. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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January 23, 2022

August 25, 2021

enjoyed the tour Frazer the tour guy very noligable and very pleasant 5 stars tour guy

February 19, 2022

Product ID: 395084