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our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour

Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh in our TripAdvisor five-star rated Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour. Discover the stories behind martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby!

Greyfriars Bobby

For over a hundred years, the most visited grave in the Kirkyard has been that of the loyal wee Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his story right at the start of your tour. It IS a fascinating one (and it would be rude to miss out the Kirkyard’s most famous ‘resident’!)
Come with us as we ‘resurrect’ the dead of Old Edinburgh! We love sharing stories of people on our Edinburgh tours. How people lived, acted, what they were involved in and how they died all add to the rich tapestry of Edinburgh’s history. Greyfriars Kirkyard has some truly incredible memorials, but we’ll reveal the stories of some of the most fascinating people buried here. Their stories are stories of Edinburgh’s history and you’ll learn about these people as you stand only inches away from where their mortal remains lie buried today. We don’t think there’s a more atmospheric way to learn about the past!
The Cheeky Caricaturist This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people! He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing, when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people in the city. His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during one of its greatest periods.

Memento Mori

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour doesn’t just focus on the lives and deaths of people; it explains some of the symbology on the oldest tombs in the graveyard. You’ll even discover how most of the bodies are laid out, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet…

The infamous Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost story

We usually don’t tell ghost stories, but we do make an exception for one of Edinburgh’s most historically significant ghostly tales! The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic yarn! You’ll discover why this Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!

The Resurrectionists

Resurrectionists, or ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars Kirkyard, looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists. Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories in Edinburgh’s history. We’ll also look at one of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where some saw murder as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig up corpses in the graveyard…
Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour meeting place. Greyfriars Bobby's statue. Greyfriars Kirkyard has some incredible 16th century memorials. Bloody Mackenzie's mausoleum in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars and the bodysnatchers. John Kay features on our Greyfriars tour.

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Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
Next date - to be confirmed Booking essential
£10 standard
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
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Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482

YOUR GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS
“This tour was arranged for us by a friend and I would have to say it was the best small group tour we did in Scotland. Robert is very knowledgable and gave a very in depth tour of the history surrounding Greyfriars, at the same time making it interesting and enjoyable without the usual boring overload of facts that you tend to” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018
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“Amazing storyteller ! Robert definitely knows to catch the attention of the audience. My teenage son that usually looses interest for anything historical quite quickly was following from start to finish with pleasure and was really looking to the next tour - he told us he though that barely 30 min were spent into Greyfriars (tour is 1.5h !). Quite an archievement!” TripAdvisor review by Marc Deryke - July2019
An Edinburgh walking tour with a difference - our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour

Meeting place >

Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
Come with us as we ‘resurrect’ the dead of Old Edinburgh! We love sharing stories of people on our Edinburgh tours. How people lived, acted, what they were involved in and how they died all add to the rich tapestry of Edinburgh’s history. Greyfriars Kirkyard has some truly incredible memorials, but we’ll reveal the stories of some of the most fascinating people buried here. Their stories are stories of Edinburgh’s history and you’ll learn about these people as you stand only inches away from where their mortal remains lie buried today. We don’t think there’s a more atmospheric way to learn about the past! We don’t think there’s a more atmospheric way to learn about the past!

Memento Mori

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour doesn’t just focus on the lives and deaths of people; it explains some of the symbology on the oldest tombs in the graveyard. You’ll even discover how most of the bodies are laid out, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet…
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard
Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh in our TripAdvisor five-star rated Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour. Learn about martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby!

Tour times >

Next date not yet confirmed. Booking essential

Tickets and prices for a scheduled tour >

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
YOUR GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN GIVEN A ‘FIVE-STAR’ RATING ON TRIPADVISOR
“This tour was arranged for us by a friend and I would have to say it was the best small group tour we did in Scotland. Robert is very knowledgable and gave a very in depth tour of the history surrounding Greyfriars, at the same time making it interesting and enjoyable without the usual boring overload of facts that you tend to” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018
“Amazing storyteller ! Robert definitely knows to catch the attention of the audience. My teenage son that usually looses interest for anything historical quite quickly was following from start to finish with pleasure and was really looking to the next tour…Quite an archievement!” TripAdvisor review by Marc Deryke - July2019
The Cheeky Caricaturist This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people! He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing, when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people in the city. His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during one of its greatest periods.

Greyfriars Bobby

For over a hundred years, the most visited grave in the Kirkyard has been that of the loyal wee Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his story right at the start of your tour. It IS a fascinating one (and it would be rude to miss out the Kirkyard’s most famous ‘resident’!)

The infamous Greyfriars

Kirkyard ghost story

We usually don’t tell ghost stories, but we do make an exception for one of Edinburgh’s most historically significant ghostly tales! The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic yarn! You’ll discover why this Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!
The Resurrectionists Resurrectionists, or ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars Kirkyard, looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists. Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories in Edinburgh’s history. We’ll also look at one of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where some saw murder as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig up corpses in the graveyard…
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