City of the Dead: South Bridge Vaults & Covenanter's Prison
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What You'll Do
- Explore Edinburgh's underground city – the South Bridge Vaults
- Learn all about the city's grisly and often horrific past
- Make your way through the Greyfriar's Graveyard, where many of Edinburgh's most notable denizens are buried
- Walk through the terrifying Black Mausoleum
What to Expect
First, explore the notorious South Bridge Vaults: dank, forgotten chambers underneath a historic bridge. In crowded 18th-century Edinburgh, the neglected spaces quickly became a hive of illicit activity. Unscrupulous characters descended the moldy steps to visit brothels, taverns, and much, much worse: the vaults were reportedly used by the serial killers Burke and Hare for their hideous medical experiments.
Then, tiptoe to Greyfriars Kirk and the infamous Covenanter's Prison and Black Mausoleum. It is said that the ghost of Bloody George Mackenzie still haunts these grounds. Be warned: the Mackenzie Poltergeist is believed to leave mysterious bruises, bites, and cuts on unlucky visitors.
After all this, you might need a stiff drink: luckily for you, the tour finishes with a visit to a Scottish pub.
- Access to:
- South Bridge Vaults
- Greyfriar's Graveyard
- The Covenanters Prison
- The Black Mausoleum
Large black signs against the wall of St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
What to Remember
Warning: The Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause genuine physical and mental distress. You join the tour at your own risk.
Great time! Host was great storyteller6 October 2015
Great value! Fun time. Storyteller was awesome! Very funny.
great8 September 2015
Better tours available12 August 2015
I've been on a couple of ghost tours in Edinburgh but this didn't match up to them. Just a couple of sights and a lack lustre guide.
entertaining, informative and scary!!10 August 2015
entertaining, informative and scary !!
Such good fun4 August 2015
Great tour guide made the experience fun from start to finish. Wasn't too spooky but we were still glad we went on the tour as had a good laugh and found out some interesting information. Worth the money.
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