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Edinburgh ghosts and vampires walking tour

A long-time different cemetery caretaker will show you the dark side of Edinburgh! Mr. Clapperton will guide you through backyards and hidden corners of the old town and tell you stories of witchcraft, punishments, executions and hauntings.

About this activity

Effortless cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Covid-19 protective measures
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Use your phone or print out your voucher
Duration 80 minutes
Start time 19:00

Your experience

  • Experience the ghostly side of Edinburgh in the company of a late cemetery keeper
  • There is a lot to laugh about and maybe a few moments of shock
  • Look forward to a tour that is fun for the whole family
  • Receive a free copy of the bestseller "Witchery Tales"
Your ghostly guide is the departed Alexander Clapperton, cemetery administrator around 1840. Mr. Clapperton takes you on a carefree journey through Edinburgh's darkest corners. He will tell you stories of torture, plague, witchcraft and visitation as he walks with you through the squares and backyards of the atmospheric old town. On the way, Mr. Clapperton introduces you to some creatures who have come together from the mists of the past - so there is something to laugh about and be scared of! The price includes a copy of the bestseller “Witchery Tales” - the essential bedside reading to delve even further into Edinburgh's dark history.
  • Trained ghost guide
  • An edition of the bestseller "Witchery Tales" by (late) Adam Lyal
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Existing security measures
  • All customer contact points are cleaned regularly
  • The number of visitors is limited to avoid crowds

Prepare for this activity

Tours start in front of "The Witchery Restaurant" near Edinburgh Castle at 352 Castlehill (Royal Mile), EH1 2NF.

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Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Video recordings
  • Unaccompanied minors

Important information

  • You should arrive 5 minutes before the scheduled departure
  • Please wear appropriate footwear (you will be walking across cobblestone streets).

Overall rating

4,9 / 5

based on 35 ratings


  • Guide 5.0 / 5
  • Price-performance 4.7 / 5
  • Service 4.9 / 5
  • Organization 4.9 / 5

Have fun and laugh a lot

Fantastic tour !! I wasn't sure what to expect but enjoyed it so much. The guys did a great job, they also had to improvise at some point due to an unplanned intrusion and they had abandoned us all. I will be coming back to Edinburgh with my boyfriend next year and we will definitely be doing this tour. Very carefree and also suitable for families.

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The boys and I really enjoyed the Ghosts & Gore Tour !! Informative, interesting, fun, yet kid-friendly, and a free book on local history! Fantastic tour, great value for money, great tour guides !!! Although I took my boys to various activities in Edinburgh. . . The tour was her favorite part of our vacation !! I enjoyed the history, local facts and architecture alike !! Well done!!!

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