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 most evil 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! Please note that this tour includes steep hills, darkened and narrow steps. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for pushchairs, wheelchairs or those less able to walk.
Includes Skip-The-Line Castle Entrance! Edinburgh Castle dominates one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. It stands on Castle Rock, a dead volcano which was cut to its hard basalt core in the Ice Age, with the Old Town now nestling in its geological shadow. Despite the seemingly impenetrable defences, the castle’s past is riddled with dramatic conquests, captures and tales of destruction. Today, however, it is one of the quietest places in the city, far above the busy streets of Edinburgh, with breathtaking views across South West Scotland. The Castle’s crucial role in the history of Scotland and Great Britain is obvious from the acclaimed museums and memorials within. Make the most of your visit to Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction, with an expert guide who will lead you around the upper end of the Royal Mile and throughout your trip to the Castle, show you things all other visitors miss, and ensure you get the best value for your time and money. After the tour through the Castle, guests are welcome to stay as long as they like, until closing time. No visit to Scotland is complete without visiting this number one visitor attraction in the country! Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase. You will have 1½ hours to explore the Castle after the tour, but for a longer visit you will have to purchase a new ticket on a different day. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Edinburgh’s nightlife is awesome but often elusive, with hidden alleyway pubs or clubs guarded by burly bouncers, funky cocktail lounges and rocking clubs in old abandoned underground vaults. Professional party guides will show you Edinburgh’s best while you meet other travelers looking to party. You'll see a side of Edinburgh you won’t find on your own. We go to cool places and get you cheap drinks, so you can party like a rock-star... and spend like a backpacker! You must be 18+ to enjoy this night out. Please bring valid Photo I.D. SANDEMANs NEW Europe Tours supports the responsible enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. When it is misused, alcohol can be dangerous. We want everyone to have an unforgettable night, but for your safety the bars visited on Pub Crawls will cut you off if you’ve reached your limit. The mission is to show you Edinburgh's nightlife, not to get you drunk.
In the narrow streets of Edinburgh you were as likely to meet a murderer as a man of genius. Body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. Guides will take you down narrow alleyways, tell you the stories behind the history, and show you views which will define your trip to Scotland’s capital! This 2.5-hour walking tour covers all the main sights of the Old Town. The guides we work with have a unique style of combining history with pure showmanship and this has made us one of the most popular walking tour companies in all of Europe. *Average tour length. The Edinburgh Free Tour usually ends by the National museum of Scotland, by the Greyfriars Kirkyard or by the Writers Museum. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
If you traveled back in time to 1850, you would recognise life in Edinburgh, but if you went back to 1750, you very likely wouldn’t. What happened in those 100 years that not only changed the face of Scotland, but indeed the world? This period in Scottish history influenced the golden era of the Enlightenment like no other. Edinburgh had the highest literacy rate in the world and was the place that Sir Walter Scott, John Knoxx and Alexander Graham Bell called home. It also was the birthplace of seminal inventions like the telephone, anaesthesia and even the world's first fire brigade. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!