Robert, your guide, in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.

TRIPADVISOR REVIEW OF THE SLUMS OF VICTORIAN EDINBURGH TOUR

WHAT HAVE OUR GUESTS SAID?

“I have been living in Edinburgh for 6 years so far, but he showed us “hidden” places I have never seen before and told us stories I have never heard. Robert was very knowledgeable and managed to bring us back in time through facts and stories, which were told in very fascinating way, but also through many illustrations which were very helpful to enhance our imagination. I was shocked how difficult was the life of poorest in Victorian times.” MirkaB - TripAdvisor review of the Victorian poverty tour - June 2019
“Victorian Poverty Tour”

YOUR PRIVATE VICTORIAN EDINBURGH TOUR

LET US REVEAL THE STORY OF EDINBURGH’S LONG-LOST SLUMS

“My husband and I did this tour with Robert last night. It was RIVETING!! Robert's knowledge is extensive, and his manner is thoroughly engaging. The subject matter is hard, but we learned an enormous amount about this side of Edinburgh's history. Robert's preparation is obviously extensive and it shows. I cannot recommend his tours highly enough.” Starycats- Tripadvisor - December 2019
TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS = 100% WERE 5 STAR REVIEWS

SLUM LIFE IN

VICTORIAN

EDINBURGH

TOUR

(This tour is run

privately)

Walk in the footsteps of the capital's 'forgotten' citizens as we discover what life was like for those who were at the 'bottom' of Victorian society.
When you take our Victorian Edinburgh tour, you’ll really discover a ‘tale of two cities’. The opulent and affluent New Town and also the impoverished and packed Old Town. At one time the Old Town had been the most important part of Edinburgh, by the mid-nineteenth century it was an area of extreme poverty. These two worlds clashed when middle, and upper-class people went into the slums and reported back. It’s these eyewitness accounts which we will use to help us understand an oft-forgotten period in Edinburgh’s history. Life in the slums will be brought vividly to life through excellent storytelling, archive images and eyewitness accounts. Inequality and extreme poverty will be laid bare before you. This is our most emotionally challenging tour, and we think it is our most fascinating. You’ll also see how the positive sides of human nature sometimes broke through the unfairness. It’s not all doom-and-gloom, but it will make you see our history in a very different light. Are you ready to ‘meet’ Victorian Edinburgh’s slum dwellers?
Your Victorian tour at a glance.
Stop 1 - Greyfriars Bobby, an undiscovered grave and why Greyfriars Kirkyard is the worst place to start a tour about Victorian poverty! Stop 2 - The Edinburgh Poorhouse and why the famous novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ wasn’t too fictitious… Stop 3 - Opposite the Royal Infirmary. The story of Dr Littlejohn and Edinburgh’s ailments. Stop 4 - Life in a slum dwelling - what life was like in a furnished room. Stop 5 - The Grassmarket - ‘Party time’ in the lodging houses! This Edinburgh walking tour isn’t just about the hard times!
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COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY

We have achieved the “Good to Go” standard for the COVID- 19 procedures we’ve put in place to give you a safe tour. You can find out more about our COVID-19 policy here.
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WHY MIGHT YOU WANT TO DISCOVER THE LIFE OF EDINBURGH’S VICTORIAN POOR?

WE SHARE FIVE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THIS TOUR!

Stop 6 - Old Fishmarket Close - When a night in the nick was a good thing. Stop 7 - Junction of North Bridge and the High Street - why a small valley between the Old Town and New Town, was effectively a massive chasm between two worlds. Stop 8 - Blackfriars Street and St Mary’s Street - we enter the sites two of the most impoverished slum areas in Edinburgh. Stop 9 - Outside St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate. A heart-warming story of a football rivalry. Stop 10 - The Netherbow. The story of three long-lost houses and a cheering story about a fundraising raffle ends our Victorian Edinburgh tour on a high note!

OUR ASSURANCES TO YOU

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award. 2020 Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice award. 2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Tick! We do this!
QUIBBLE-FREE REFUND We offer a full refund if you cancel your tour more than 12 hours before your tour is due to start.
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A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS Your guide will carry an A3 folder packed with ‘then and now’ images to help you imagine Edinburgh as it once was.
Tick! We do this!
FRIENDLY GUIDE - IN A KILT! Robert was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life. He researched all our tours and has an extensive knowledge of Edinburgh and her history.
Tick! We do this!
ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS If you have someone with mobility issues, please contact us in advance so that we can offer some appropriate changes to the route.
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PERFECT FOR CHILDREN Your guide is a qualified primary school teacher and knows how to engage your children.
Tick! We do this!
CONVENIENCE Your tour is private. You can choose when it starts and we can make some alterations to the route if needed. You've got the freedom to ask all the questions you want!

THE SECRETS WE SHARE

THE SITES WE TAKE YOU TO

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Your Victorian tour at a glance.

FIVE REASONS WHY WE THINK

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR!

WHY TAKE A WALK WITH US?

When you take our Victorian Edinburgh tour, you’ll really discover a ‘tale of two cities’. The opulent and affluent New Town and also the impoverished and packed Old Town. At one time the Old Town had been the most important part of Edinburgh, by the mid-nineteenth century it was an area of extreme poverty. These two worlds clashed when middle, and upper-class people went into the slums and reported back. It’s these eyewitness accounts which we will use to help us understand an oft-forgotten period in Edinburgh’s history. Life in the slums will be brought vividly to life through excellent storytelling, archive images and eyewitness accounts. Inequality and extreme poverty will be laid bare before you. This is our most emotionally challenging tour, and we think it is our most fascinating. You’ll also see how the positive sides of human nature sometimes broke through the unfairness. It’s not all doom-and- gloom, but it will make you see our history in a very different light. Are you ready to ‘meet’ Victorian Edinburgh’s slum dwellers?
Our 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Britain.
“A BRILLIANT TOUR!” “The past is brought vividly to life through a combination of Robert's experienced story telling, with visual aides which tell the remarkable story of the buildings, people and events of his beloved city. The best spent two hours of a packed weekend for these two first-time visitors.” Pennyslad - Tripadvisor

VICTORIAN EDINBURGH TOUR

DISCOVER THE STORIES OF LIFE ON OUR

“If this is your first time in Edinburgh (actually even if it’s not), Robert’s talk is a brilliant way to start. He is a fantastic speaker, storyteller and personality. He delves back and forth in time, using great illustrations and photographs from his folder, and really makes the city come alive. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken; a really unforgettable experience.” Alcabe - TripAdvisor review of The Old Edinburgh Walking Tour - September, 2018
“Don’t miss this!”
AVERAGE TRIPADVISOR RATING FOR THIS TOUR =
Our 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Britain.

COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY

We have achieved the “Good to Go” standard for the COVID- 19 procedures we’ve put in place to give you a safe tour. You can find out more about our COVID-19 policy here.
© Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd 2020
Text/Call us : +44 (0)7590 026 077
ONLINE EXPERIENCES
QUIBBLE-FREE REFUND We offer a full refund if you cancel your tour more than 12 hours before your tour is due to start.
FRIENDLY GUIDE - IN A KILT! Robert is your local guide. He was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life. He researched all our tours and has an excellent knowledge of Edinburgh’s history.
ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS If you have someone with mobility issues, please contact us in advance so that we can offer route changes.
PERFECT FOR CHILDREN Robert, your guide, is a qualified primary school teacher and will help keep your children engaged.
CONVENIENCE Your tour is private - you can choose when it starts. You can ask all the questions you want to!

OUR ASSURANCES TO YOU

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS Your guide will carry an A3 folder packed with ‘then and now’ images to help you imagine Edinburgh as it once was.
Stop 1 - Greyfriars Bobby, an undiscovered grave and why Greyfriars Kirkyard is the worst place to start a tour about Victorian poverty! Stop 2 - The Edinburgh Poorhouse and why the famous novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ wasn’t too fictitious… Stop 3 - Opposite the Royal Infirmary. The story of Dr Littlejohn and Edinburgh’s ailments. Stop 4 - Life in a slum dwelling - what life was like in a furnished room. Stop 5 - The Grassmarket - ‘Party time’ in the lodging houses! This Edinburgh walking tour isn’t just about the hard times!
Stop 6 - Old Fishmarket Close - When a night in the nick was a good thing. Stop 7 - Junction of North Bridge and the High Street - why a small valley between the Old Town and New Town, was effectively a massive chasm between two worlds. Stop 8 - Blackfriars Street and St Mary’s Street - we enter the sites two of the most impoverished slum areas in Edinburgh. Stop 9 - Outside St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate. A heart-warming story of a football rivalry. Stop 10 - The Netherbow. The story of three long-lost houses and a cheering story about a fundraising raffle ends our Victorian Edinburgh tour on a high note!

THE SECRETS WE SHARE

THE SITES WE TAKE YOU TO

SLUM LIFE IN

VICTORIAN EDINBURGH

TOUR

(This tour is run privately)

Walk in the footsteps of the capital's 'forgotten' citizens as we discover what life was like for those who were at the 'bottom' of Victorian society.
Book your private  tour of Victorian Edinburgh Book your private  tour of Victorian Edinburgh