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Fright Night Tour

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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.

Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Departure Time

8:45 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Fright Night Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Money well spent
, Jul 2021
Tuesday was very knowledgable tour guide, an entertaining tour, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would book another tour
Tour guide was great!
, Jul 2021
Great entertainment and learned a few things too. Great interaction with the group.enjoyed learning about the history in a fun way.
Great tour
, Jul 2021
Really good tour, Dr Know was a great tour guide! The vaults were the highlight! Lots of info about Edinburghs gory past.
I enjoyed “hangin” with Paul, the hangman
, Jul 2021
Paul, the hangman was the guide. He took us through the haunts of Edinburg and was entertaining as well as organized. He even had a plan for the rain. It was wonderful
, Jul 2021
Paul the hangman was a amazing tour guide and really enjoyed the whole experience with seeing the vaults and the tombs.
Fun and educational
, Jul 2021
Alexander the hangman, he’s great. Very knowledgable of the history, and had good banter. Give him a bonus!
Awesome tour
, Jul 2021
A really great Your considering covid restrictions, our guide James was very funny and knowledgeable, he was the best guide you could wish for top man
Ghost walk
, Jul 2021
Our host james Douglas was very good enjoyed it but wish we spent more time in the vaults although the history was intriguing and learned a lot would defo recommend it would love to do ano tour
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Brilliant and entertaining
, Jul 2021
Dr Knox was a brilliant guide, gave us all a good laugh and was very knowledgeable. He definitely made the tour what it was. 5 stars
Definitely worth doing
, Jul 2021
The whole tour was amazing. Our tour guide of the name “DR KNOX” was funny, friendly and entertaining. He kept everyone laughing and filled us with a lot of the history behind Edinburgh that we’re all based on real life events .

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