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Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

1. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

Join a guided walking tour to Greyfriars Graveyard and learn about one of Edinburgh's most famous canine residents and hear stories about notorious criminals. See 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.

Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

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. 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. Finish your tour in the heart of Edinburgh, surrounded by several bars, restaurants, cafe's, and great transport links.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off City or Britannia Tour

3. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off City or Britannia Tour

Explore Scotland’s capital city with an enjoyable hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose between the City Tour or Britannia Tour, depending on your itinerary of preference. See historical landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House and learn about their historic significance from the onboard audio commentary. Hop on the bus at the first stop at St Andrew's Square and make sure to embark on the correct bus based on your Tour chosen: the Britannia and City Tour, depending on which attractions you would like to see. The City Tour will give customers the chance to see the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, and Palace of Holyrood House, whereas Britannia takes in the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, and Haymarket. From either the top deck or the interior of the bus, you can explore the city in a convenient way, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights. With your ticket, you will also receive additional perks and discounts such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. This is a 7-day pass with stops at a variety of locations along several routes. The City Tour includes: • St Andrews Square • Lothian Road • Grassmarket • Lauriston Place • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle, Lawnmarket • National Museum of Scotland • Holyrood Distillery • Museum of Edinburgh • Scottish Parliament • Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument The Britannia Tour includes the following stops: • St Andrew Square • Royal Botanic Garden • Newhaven Harbour • Royal Yacht Britannia • Water of Leith • Broughton Road • Stockbridge • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art • Haymarket • Edinburgh International Conference Centre • Bread Street • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Outdoor Escape Game

4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Outdoor Escape Game

The creative birthplace of the Wizarding World awaits on this explorative adventure game. Solve challenges to trace the footsteps back to where the magic began. Discover locations like Edinburgh Castle and go at your own pace for the full immersive experience. To start the game, first follow the instructions in the email you received after booking on how to download and play the game on your phone. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups in your own tournament to meet at the final stop. Begin the game at City Chambers and dive into the story. As you solve challenges along the way, directions will guide you to the next location. Pause the game at any point to explore both famous and lesser-known highlights, then resume at your leisure. You will finish at the Old Medical School. 

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

5. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

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.

Edinburgh: Haunted Graveyard Walking Tour with Private Guide

6. Edinburgh: Haunted Graveyard Walking Tour with Private Guide

Embark on a guided walking tour of one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world, Greyfriars Kirkyard. Uncover its unsettling history and ghost stories with a private guide. Head into Edinburgh's historic Old Town and meet your guide at the statue of Greyfriars Bobby. Hear about this intriguing character before beginning your guided tour of this eerie cemetery. Hear the frightening tales of those who lurk in the shadows, including the sightings that have been reported since 1999 after the accidental awakening of the evil spirit of George MacKenzie and the history of the Franciscan monastery that once stood at the site. Learn about the dark characters and restless souls that dwell in the cemetery, as well as historical trivia about Edinburgh's unsettling history.

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What people are saying about Greyfriars Bobby Statue

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,387 reviews

This tour was fantastic! Alister's knowledge of Scottish and city history + dry humor made two hours seem like too short of a time - we didn't want the great stories and subtle jokes to end! I highly recommend this tour, and this guide in particular. We learned some fun facts we're sure not to forget.

The tour was fabulous. Fraser was a brilliant guide, eloquent, knowledgeable, entertaining and considerate. The pace and length of the tour was spot on - although we could have happily listened for longer! Well worth the time and very reasonable cost.

It was a great experience. Jordan is a good story teller. He kept us completely engaged. The stories were quite interesting. The underground vaults are a must visit if you are in Edinburgh.

Erspart immerhin die Wartezeit an der Kasse

Darren, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging on the tour which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. We especially liked his attempts to scare us.

Nice little walking tour with a bit of history. Tour guide was charming and theatrical and was able to capture the spookiness of the vaults. Great time had by all