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Fright Night Tour

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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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

109 The Royal Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, 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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Great experience
, Jun 2021
Think it was James who took us on the tour. He was funny and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed the experience would definitely recommend.
Lovely evening tour
, Jun 2021
The guide was very knowledge and engaging. He had a great sense of humour and told some really interesting stories which helped build a history of the city.
Fun and interesting.
, May 2021
Scientist Jim took us on a great tour around the haunted parts of Edinburgh, tour was really fun and interesting. Really enjoyed the graveyard and underground street, very spooky.
Brilliant tour Paul the hangman was amazing 👏
, May 2021
We had a great nite. Paul the (hangman) was a great tour guide. We had a great laugh . The group that was there were amazing. Would do this again x
Dr Knox is ace
, May 2021
Dr Knox was an excellent Tour guide. Great persona and made the trip educational but also fun and exciting. Book up with him
interesting and a little bit scary!!
, Oct 2020
John(the witch hunter - I think!) provided us with an excellent and interesting tour, he was very enthusiastic and kept us all on our toes!! I had an unexplained experience in Greyfriars graveyard - for you to maybe find out for yourselves👻😬thank you from Blackpool
Go at night
, Aug 2020
The hangman was full of knowledge and wit and we all enjoyed the experience... the later at night the better
Natalie the guide
, Jul 2020
Purely based on our guide Natalie’s knowledge and charm. She has us laughing the whole way through. The underground section was locked off in parts due to COVID which was upsetting as not disclosed in the original booking, so we were disappointed with that. However, Natalie was a brilliant guide and this was not her fault, she couldn’t apologise more for certain areas being closed off and the tour being not as in depth as it would normally be.
, Jul 2020
No one turned up! We were really annoyed! Can’t even seem to get a refund- very disappointed as waited a long time and there was no communication.
Great experience
, Mar 2020
We were a bit confused initially about where to meet but it’s just a box right outside Starbucks on the royal mile. Our tour guide Joe was very good, he stayed in character and explained everything really well. If we had a question for him he always knew the answer. I would recommend this tour

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