Edinburgh's Dark Side Tour
City tours

Edinburgh's Dark Side Tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Spanish , German
Availability: Friday-Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours
Do this because
  • Hear about Burke and Hare – the infamous West Port murderers
  • Visit the site of the witch burnings, today offering great views over Edinburgh
  • Learn about Edinburgh’s real-life cannibals and vampires
  • Hear about the murder of Mary Queen of Scot’s husband
  • See the efforts to stave off bodysnatchers at Canongate Kirkyard and Calton Cemetery
  • Discover the mystery of the 17 doll coffins at Arthur’s Seat
What to expect

Things are simply not what they seem in this Jekyll and Hyde city, famous for witch-burning, grave robbing, body snatching, and mysterious murders. Behind, beneath and beyond the Royal Mile lie plundered tombs, funeral pyres, and mass graves from thousands of years of history. Expose Edinburgh’s dark side and relive the darkest tales from its past.

Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you explore gruesome graveyards and narrow alleyways hiding secrets from deep in Edinburgh’s dark history. Even the bravest soul will be shaken by these spine-chilling true stories of real-life cannibals and vampires.

No fake stories, no men in wolf masks: Edinburgh’s true history is terrifying enough!

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What's included
  • Guided walking tour
What's not included
  • Tickets and admissions to attractions
  • Transportation
  • Tips
Reduced price
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • Students with a valid ID
  • Children (5-13)
  • Infants (0-4) accompanied by an adult: Free

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Meeting point:
  • The Dark Side Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk
What to remember
  • Unfortunately, we do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience caused
  • The tour usually ends on the Royal Mile near the start point or at Canongate Kirkyard
  • The tour runs rain or shine, please dress accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult in order to join the tour
  • Due to COVID-19 guests are encouraged to bring their own masks and will be required to provide personal details (name, phone number etcetera) for contact tracing purposes. Guides and staff may also give additional, region-specific guidelines during their welcome speeches
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  • English tour: from Friday to Sunday at 6:30 pm
  • Spanish and German: Saturday at 6:30 pm
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SANDEMANs Edinburgh
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 hour before the activity begins.

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