Edinburgh - Dark History

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All Star Dark History Tour

From $17.46

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • In-Person guide

      Meeting And Pickup

      Meeting point

      • West Parliament Square
        W Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1, UK

        Find us across the square in Front of St. Giles Cathedral. Search for the white umbrella with the logo of All-Star Guides.

      End point

      • Canongate Kirk
        153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK

      What To Expect

      Old Town (Pass By)

      Heart of Midlothian

      10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      St Giles' Cathedral

      10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      Mercat Cross

      10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      Royal Mile

      40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      John Knox House Museum

      5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      Canongate Kirk

      40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

      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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      369 reviews
      Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
      Reviews by Viator travelers.
      Showing 1-10 of 369 reviews
      Get the real story on Edinburgh
      Laura_P, Sep 2023
      This was one of the best historical tours i have been on. Matt turned a wet rainy night into 2 hours of historical story telling. A lot of tours rely on dramatic inaccuracies to entertain you. Not this one! Yes we got the fun stories but Matt was honest if they had historical evidence or if they were passed down stories. Loved how he directed us to various places to visit to do our own research, or to see exhibits that provided evidence of what he was speaking about. I wish we had more time to do more tours though this company.
      Ann_M, Sep 2023
      The tour was good. We thought there would be more ghost stories but the Matt was most enjoyable as a guide.
      Fantastic guide for a brief city trip.
      Danielle_S, Aug 2023
      Iona was very knowledgeable and told the story of the city very well. She led us well through the crowds and really helped bring the dark history of Edinburgh to life. Thank you.
      Exciting, cool, informative, funny
      Finn_D, Aug 2023
      Our tour guide Sarah was very entertaining and knowledgable. She was a fountain of knowledge of Edinburgh, and was able to point out small pieces of the city that had huge significance of the history. She also gave us great recommendations for vegan food, both of the places she suggest we went and tried; they were awesome! We would definitely recommend Sarah to others, as her upbeat and friendly demeanour nicely contrasted the dark history she was telling us.
      Thorough Professional and cooperative
      Qaisar_K, Aug 2023
      Unfortunately, we were not able to make it, due to our fault, but the team offered us the alternative date to join them and even contacted on the same day so we can join during the tour. Very supportive and thorough professional. I would love to join them if ever possible in future for the tour.
      Very informative!
      Hannah_W, Aug 2023
      Iona was such a warm, informative and bubbly tour guide who learnt us a lot about the dark side of Edinburgh! The tour was very well planned and she was happy to answer any questions we had.
      Sarah is the best guide
      Sylvia_B, Aug 2023
      Sarah is a very talented and entertaining storyteller, we had a great time! We want to know more about Edinburgh‘s dark history nie because she gave us so many intriguing insights.
      A fun and educational experience
      Adel_B, Jul 2023
      Our tour guide (Sarah) was an absolute treat. She was knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. I loved hearing some very interesting stories about the questionable history of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
      Interesting and Informative
      Gary_C, Jul 2023
      Sarah was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The places we visited and her information of people, times and events that occurred helped us learn about life in Edinburgh over its history.
      Well worth your time !
      Ravi_R, Jul 2023
      Sarah was a lovely guide who made this tour really memorable. I would highly recommend it as you get to know and see places you would normally just miss
      Best old town tour
      Gregg_G, Jul 2023
      This tour is a must do. Let it be your old town tour of choice. Our guide was Iona. She is a native, a poet and an incredible guide and story teller. She told the story of old town and wove in fascinating narratives of murder, beheadings , witch craft, and body snatching with the intriguing history of Edinburgh but always in a PG kid safe manner. Cannot recommend this tour enough. Make sure to ask for Iona !!!
      Informative, interesting, and fun evening
      Kara_B, Jul 2023
      Our guide Matt was fantastic and shared a ton of the history of Edinburgh without making it feel dry or boring. The stories were great and it was amazing to conceptualize the sights in and around the royal mile with these stories from the past. Great value and tour!
      Edgar is an incredible...
      Javi_M, Jul 2023
      Edgar is an incredible storyteller, we enjoyed the tour a lot, with dark, funny and scary stories. Amazing, would definitely recommend!
      Gemma_W, Jul 2023
      The tour guide was amazing. Full of knowledge and extremely friendly and helpful. Funny at times and always checked to ask if we had any questions. Every good tour! Thank you
      Dark history worth it
      Sophia_B, Jul 2023
      Matt was awesome! Very informative and gruesome tour. Learned about the dark and ugly history of a beautiful city. Matt was theatrical but also very knowledgeable. Had a great time!
      Recommended for all curious souls
      Maja, Jul 2023
      We loved this tour! Lydia was perfect. Kind and funny with rich and interesting stories that related not only to the past but also to the complexity of human nature across time.
      Grave robbers, poltergeists and other dark facts
      Chris_C, Jul 2023
      We did not know what to expect with this tour, but it turned out to be a great deal of fun! Sarah was an amazing guide, tying in historical perspectives with the darker side of historical happenings. The stories were both informative and a little eerie, while giving a different view to Edinburgh. We enjoyed talking to Sarah about her own personal experience and would definitely book another tour with her.
      Dark History enlightened
      Amanda_B, Jun 2023
      Lydia was fantastic. Her knowledge of history was phenomenal. She didn’t rely on embellishments, but made the history relevant and interesting. She was pithy and witty. She kept us interested and engaged. Highly recommend! We particularly enjoyed the body snatching stories.
      Easy walk- Interesting Stories!
      Amy_F, Jun 2023
      My father and I did this easy walk walking tour our first evening in Edinburgh and loved it! Finally was welcoming and had many great stories and facts! Tour ends at a great time and location to digest the details over dinner on The Royal Mile
      We were lucky enough to...
      Bill_S, Jun 2023
      We were lucky enough to be shown around by Edgar, but this tour is fantastic no matter who is taking you around. I wanted real history and this tour did not disappoint at all.

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