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Edinburgh's Royal Mile © Mercat Tours

Gory Stories: The Kids’ Tour

From £17 per adult

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June — December

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Tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on. A daytime tour for kids that will take you to some of the city’s most horrible haunts including a visit to our famous Blair Street Underground Vaults.

You’ll hear all about the creepy characters lurking in the past and the hideous real history of how people lived in 19th century Edinburgh. As you walk this city built on witch trials, body snatching and a gruesome past of torture, your expert guide will take you to the places where history lives.

To start, you’ll visit the winding closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Learn the meaning of gardyloo and hope you never hear it, grimace at the tales of Scottish witches and find out what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard (clue: it’s not gold and shiny). You’ll even hear what school children, like you, once packed in their school bags on one eventful day.

A time when living in overcrowded closes proved as frightful as the ghoulish apparitions. 

Hear what jobs were available for younger members of society and get a glimpse at what a family ‘home’ might look like. You’ll finish your excursion beneath the streets in our exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults, once frequented by some of Edinburgh’s less appealing characters. And possibly still is…

If you’re aged 5 and over this is the tour for you and you'll even enjoy a special gift to take home!

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In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Mercat Tours
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1QR
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
1
Hour
Transport
Walking
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
City Crime Family Ghosts and Supernatural History Outdoor Activities Walking Walking/Hiking

Tour prices

From

  • £17 Per Adult
  • £12 Per child
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'𝙃𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙣 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙣 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 ' 𝙅𝙤𝙞𝙣 𝙞𝙣! Enjoy immersive storytelling experiences as you explore Edinburgh's Old Town. 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩 You'll have a deep connection with the people & places of the past and build remarkable memories of Scotland's ancient & beautiful capital. 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙔𝙤𝙪, 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 😊 Choosing us, a local, independent family business and Living Wage employer, means you support an ethical team rooted in our local community since 1985

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Daily 9am to 10pm

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