The Greyfriars graveyard tour in Edinburgh
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Attractions & guided tours

The Greyfriars graveyard tour in Edinburgh

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 1 hour
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the secrets of the 16th century graveyard at Greyfriars Church
  • Hear the fascinating stories of its notable deceased
  • Expect the unexpected from this once not so peaceful burial-ground
  • Decipher the cryptic and curious meanings of fascinating funeral art
What to expect

Join your guide on a thrilling tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard which is one of Scotland’s most renowned cemeteries. This historic burial-ground contains the mortal remains of numerous incredible characters who have, for better or for worse, shaped our nation's history. Prepare to be shocked, surprised, amused, disgusted, moved and entertained all in one hour as you uncover the past.

With your expert guide learn more about the lives of its famous and often infamous occupants, find out what inspirations J.K Rowling took from this 16th-century graveyard for her Harry Potter novels and discover the often cryptic and mysterious meanings behind tombstone engravings and sculptures.

Hear of the measures which were taken in an attempt to prevent grave-robbing and the consequences behind the looting. Uncover the dark stories related to the graveyard and hear more about the infamous MacKenzie Poltergeist who is said to still haunt Greyfriars to this day.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • What's included
    • Professional costumed Guide
    • Guided walking tour
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Tips (optional)
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Group of 4 people
    • Children (age 0-4): free admission and do not require a ticket
    Where
    • Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HP, UK
    Meeting point:

    Please meet your tour at the Tourist Information and Edinburgh Ticket booth/box, outside of the Bank of Scotland.

    What to remember
    • All children aged up to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult
    • The minimum age to participate is five years old
    • The maximum number of participants allowed on this tour is 14 people
    • A minimum number of two people is required for this tour to run however single tickets can still be booked
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Tours will run rain or shine, please arrive at least five minutes early to ensure a timely departure
    • Please note that this tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility as there are no lifts or ramps available at stairways
    • Pregnant women are allowed on this tour but do so at their own discretion
    • Please note if you don't show up for the tour, no refund will be given
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    AULD REEKIE TOURS LTD
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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