500 Years of Crime and Punishment: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Badge of ExcellenceAberdeen City, United Kingdom
Crime and Punishment Explore Aberdeens darker history on a walking audio tour

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 45 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover a side to Aberdeen that you won't get on a typical sightseeing tour. This self-guided audio tour takes you through the ancient streets of the Granite City and deep into the depths of its murky past. Hear tales of bodysnatching, witchcrafts trials, and more as you stroll between such historic landmarks as Marischal College and the Mercat Cross.
  • Discover the dark side of Aberdeen's history on a walking tour
  • Self-guided audio tour allows you to explore independently
  • Flexibility to start the tour whenever you want
  • Learn more about Aberdeen than you would alone

What's Included

  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Tolbooth Museum
    Castle St, Aberdeen AB11 5BB, UK

    Start outside the Tolbooth Museum on Union Street. Before arrival, install the VoiceMap app and use the code provided on your ticket. This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart any time and complete at your own pace.

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2021 - 9/23/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

End point

  • Aberdeen Town House
    Broad St, Aberdeen AB11 5BU, UK

    This tour ends outside the Aberdeen Town House a few metres from the start location and within easy access to public transport.

What To Expect

The Tolbooth Museum (Pass By)

Castlegate (Pass By)

Salvation Army Citadel (Pass By)

St. Andrew's Cathedral (Pass By)

Marischal College (Pass By)

St. Nicholas Churchyard (Pass By)

The Green (Pass By)

Aberdeen Harbour (Pass By)

Aberdeen Maritime Museum (Pass By)

Aberdeen (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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24 reviews
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Love the Personalized guided tour on my time.
Charlotte_H, Sep 2023
My husband and I were able to take the tour at our speed, stopping where we wanted to stop and adjust as we saw fit. This was perfect for getting to know a new area with the stories and history. It is my absolute favorite way to see a city. I will definitely be checking out more as we travel in our future. Thank you.
Cheryl_S, Aug 2023
Super frustrating Could not find where to start even with asking 4 locals After 30minutes of walking around i gave up
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Cheryl We're sorry to hear you couldn't get the tour started. We provide detailed directions to the start point and once you download the tour, you'll see how far away you are from the starting point. Keep well, Alicia
Be cautious
Jo_P, Jun 2023
Great story but a bit ‘ify’ in parts for the directions at points & possibly due to a combo of locus & poor connectivity. However when you pass the multi storey flats its a point of danger. These flats are rife with crime & not sure that tourists should be alone here. Im a native & had concerns. That aside, the commentary was great, very informative & plenty to learn from the tour itself
Great walking tour!
Anneke_S, Apr 2023
I was pleasantly surprised by this tour. We really enjoyed it and learned a lot while walking the streets of Aberdeen anyway.

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