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Adam Smith Statue
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh © Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours: Talking Statues

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Take time to stop, listen and consider the historic figures who stand above us - and if they should... Hear history from a range of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds Visit and listen to tales of existing and ‘missing’ statues Revealed - those

An Edinburgh History Tour Not To Be Missed

Statues are seen, often unnoticed...

On this Edinburgh tour you will explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories - a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician.

The story of the life behind a statue will help you to make up your mind about how ‘worthy’ a person is of its dedication. Do we look up to them and their success stories or do we look up at them and remember their failings, which can teach us as much as their successes?

History's Missing Statues

If you could dedicate a statue to someone, who would it be? What story would it tell?

Mercat Tours will take you on a journey to explore which historic figures from Edinburgh's past we’d like to place on a plinth, who we currently look up to, and whether they are all worthy of their pedestal.

You’ll finish at a statue of one of Scotland's prominent politicians during the 1700s, which was recently the subject of much debate.

We’ve partnered with the Scottish Storytelling Forum, as part of its Talking Statues project, to deliver an Edinburgh walking tour which explores Edinburgh's different statues. On the tour you'll discover how they got there, the stories behind them, and hear history from a variety of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 

Stories told include LGBTQ+, Black History, and Women's History.

COVID-19 information

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
Length
2
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Medium Group (17-30)
Languages
English
Themes
History Walking

Tour prices

From

  • £20 Per Adult
  • £18 Concession
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Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours are the original five-star history and ghost tour company in Edinburgh. Established over 32 years ago, our accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day. We explore Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland and our Blair Street Underground Vaults. We offer Edinburgh experiences in English, French and German With guaranteed departures on our small group tours.

Opening times

Daily 9am to 10pm

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