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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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    What to Expect
    The tour begins outside our ticket office in the epicentre of the Royal Mile where your guide will welcome you and provide a general introduction to Edinburgh and its history. Be sure to ask about the story behind our ticket office which was a former police box! Then your guide will lead you onto South Bridge where you will spend the next half hour underground travelling through our section of underground street. Hear how and why South Bridge was constructed and examine the eighteenth-century bridge arches and stonework from the former houses along the former street. Get a very real sense as to what it was like for an ordinary person to live in this age-old metropolis.  

    Next, the tour returns above ground to Royal Mile and you will journey through the “lower” half of the Old Town towards Holyrood Palace, visiting its half hidden yet beguiling closes wynds and courts. Get to know the incredible occurrences which shaped the city’s development such as devastating fires, collapsing stone buildings and bloody sieges. Learn who was the real-life inspiration for the fictional characters Robinson Crusoe, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. 

    For the final portion of the tour, travel around the stunning Canongate Kirkyard. This beautiful almost 400-year-old church has extensive royal connections, not just with the twelfth-century Scottish monarch David I but also the House of Stuart and even the modern House of Windsor. Amongst those buried inside the graveyard is Adam Smith the intellectual godfather of capitalism as well as literary muses for Robert Burns – Scotland’s national bard. The tour ends outside Canongate Kirkyard on the Royal Mile, but your guide will happily lead you back to the ticket office where the tour began.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
    • Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide.
    • Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.
    • Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.
    • Access to our exclusive section of underground.
    • For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The tour was great, many interesting details (official or spicy other ones) The guide (Alistair) was very pleasant, relaxed and expert on the facts. It's definitely a MUST DO... But ask for Alistair... Many thanks to Al & the young lady at the info kiosk... You've made our day.
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    The tour showed us the underground history of Edinburgh and secret places that you would not discover on your own! Very interesting! Thank you Hazel!
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    We went on the 3:15pm tour with Agnes (Natalie). She was theatrical, infomative, fun and interesting in equal measures. We were part of a 15 people group, walked up the Royal Mile and she told us of some interesting sites (that we didnt even know were there) and then went down
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    We did this tour immediately after a free walking tour nearby. I felt like the free walking tour was way more informative and entertaining. We learned some new stuff but in all it just felt like this tour was trying to play up the “scary” stuff too much. I’m more interested in
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    If you are going on this tour I would NOT advise to book over the phone! As I wanted to pre-book the tour and use the 2 for 1 discount vouchers there was no option avaliable to do this online so was forced to book by telephone. The advisor I spoke to took my details and emailed
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    About the operator
    By: City of Edinburgh Tours
    Tracy R
    Fab tour! JEAN WEIR was brilliant!
    We did the old town & underground ghost tour today and was fab. Very fascinating and our guide Jean Weir
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    Fun & Interesting Tour
    A really fun and easy tour to do in Edinburgh! The tour guide, James, was funny and witty and had lots of
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    Granton R
    Lynnwood, Washington
    Would not Recommend
    It was like a girl doing a one act play.She talked the whole time.I would tell you to save your money.
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    Really worth it
    Jean Weir was a blast. I will never look at greyfriars kirkyard the same. Canadian approved -queen victoria
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    Missy L
    Great Tour
    Fantastic, fun tour. A great way to spend an hour wandering around Edinburgh. Jean Weir was a funny and engaging
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    More educational than scary
    Did this tour on our recent trip to Edinburgh can’t remember our guides name but she was very clued up on the
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    Sam L
    Los Angeles, California
    Super Spooky and unique look at Edinburgh
    It was the final night of our vacation in Edinburgh, and this certainly gave us a unique look at the underbelly of
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    Jeff R
    Enjoyable tour
    This is not a "things that go bump in the night" tour. Our guide was well informed and he gave us a history of
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    Argini P
    Blood curling and amusing in the same time !
    Awesome tour from James. We went around Edinburgh and heard some proper gruesome stories (all of them true, I
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    Jessica W
    Brilliant Experience
    Dr Bell (Isaac) was a brilliant guide, he acted out each story at each stop of the tour incredibly well! The tour
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