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Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

1. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue with a visit to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.

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Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

You will meet your guide on Edinburgh's iconic and historic Royal Mile, by the Statue of Adam Smith (one of Scotland's greatest thinkers). From there, your tour will be lead through the gorgeous winding streets that comprise Edinburgh's "Old Town". Covering everything from history to religion and folklore, this walking tour is an original tour of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Your talented and entertaining guide will walk you through the streets and alleys of "Auld Reekie", while enthralling you with with its history, folklore, and tales! You will learn about the secrets Edinburgh is hiding and experience the incredible stories it has to tell, as your guide leads you through the city's long history. Topics included in the tour include Edinburgh's Mercat Cross, St. Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Enlightenment, Greyfriars Bobby, the Grassmarket, Harry Potter's inspirations, and many more. Your tour will finish in the heart of Edinburgh, surrounded by several bars, restaurants, cafe's, and great transport links.

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Edinburgh: Haunted City Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

3. Edinburgh: Haunted City Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Edinburgh while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. See many of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions and go on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues and visit ghostly locations including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow, and sites where public executions were held. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Learn about the Scottish Witch Hunts and the Burke and Hare murders and view the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

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Gothic Edinburgh: City Exploration Game

4. Gothic Edinburgh: City Exploration Game

Discover Edinburgh’s hidden gems and gothic secrets by following clues and solving puzzles on this exploration game via an app on your phone that acts as your guide. Go on a hunt for the person who can help solve a series of ghastly crimes in the city. Start at Greyfriars Bobby Statue. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Explore St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, and more. Meet local legends and test your wits against theirs to solve the mysteries of the city. Come to know the cobbled streets and twisting alleyways and all the people who have made them famous. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Enjoy an experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt. The entire game will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. You will finish at the Burns Monument.

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What people are saying about Greyfriars Bobby Statue

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 864 reviews

Ally was great, funny, knowledgeable and humble. He made what was a cold grey day into a fun, informative and entertaining tour. His recommendations for food and activities to look into after the tour were spot on too. Will definitely recommend.

We had so much fun on our self guided tour! We did it in the evening to make it more atmospheric and really enjoyed ourselves while learning a lot of interesting stories about Edinburgh’s brutal past.

Throughly enjoyed our tour with Frasier, for the evening tour of the Greyfriars Kirkyard and Vaults. Loved hearing all the facts, and stories. Highly recommend this tour!!

Luca is a great guide, very knowledgeable about the city and its unique history.

Great tour, and Frasier was fab! Would definitely recommend.