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VICTORIAN EDINBURGH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Historic Edinburgh Tours are delighted to announce a new, very specialised tour which will see us leading our guests around locations linked to Edinburgh's Victorian past.  This tour focuses on the life of the poor, and it doesn't hold back on the stories of how our Victorian ancestors managed to survive being on the lowest rung in Scotland's capital city. This two-hour guided tour will cover the poorhouse,  lodging houses, the locations of some of the most poverty-stricken houses and of the most crime- ridden streets the Old Town had to offer.  We also look at the measures put into place to 'improve' the quality of life for Edinburgh's powerless poor.  This isn't the cheeriest tour we've ever planned, but it is  a fascinating quest to uncover a part of Edinburgh's history which is rarely told.
Your Victorian Edinburgh tour will give you opportunities to explore these aspects of Victorian life – On this tour you will visit the site of Edinburgh’s poorhouse and discover why this offered and didn’t offer, you’ll discover what life was like inside a typical Victorian lodging house and how it compared to both the poorhouse and life in a slum.  We will explore the impact of the Improvement Acts and see what the alternatives might have been.  We’ll also look at how some people managed to team together to give themselves a chance in life, a chance that Victorian society never gave them.
See Edinburgh as it was
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Dare you enter Edinburgh’s

Victorian ‘abyss’ on our slum life

tour?

Your Victorian Edinburgh tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your guide will meet you at the grave of Greyfriars Bobby which is located just inside the entry gates of the Kirkyard itself. We will start by launching you right into the unfairness of Victorian poverty,  but we’ll keep your mind racing as we will only reveal our tour a few minutes later as we stand outside the remaining section of Edinburgh’s poorhouse.   We know how to weave a fascinating story around even the grimmest of subjects, and we won’t disappoint on this tour.  Next, we’ll look at the Victorian (former) Royal Infirmary on Lauriston Place before heading down past the Flodden Wall at the Vennel.  No ‘Victorian Edinburgh’ tour would be complete without a look at lodging houses, and we’ll include a Grassmarket ‘then-and-now’ comparison at the same time.  We’ve got a steep set of stairs at Granny’s Green Steps to climb, but we’ll break it up with a look at some of the biggest issues to plague the Old Town during Victoria’s reign.  We’ll learn about the Ragged School before seeing the result of the Improvement Act…and learn about what it cost Edinburgh regarding lost history and heritage. 
- The Poorhouse and why it wasn’t so helpful - Blackfriars and St Mary’s Wynds - two of the very worst streets - The Improvement Act (and how it did/didn’t help) - Crime and alcohol abuse and it’s impact on Edinburgh’s poor …and more!
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Victorian Edinburgh Tour
“This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Edinburgh. A really entertaining and informative tour that helped us understand a lot more about Edinburgh and some of the people who once lived there. The stories were told with humour and with so much information, it was definitely great value for money. I would definitely recommend this tour, we had an excellent evening.”
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We move down the Lawnmarket and High Street before the second part of our tour begins, and this will be a very different type of tour.  We’re now about to enter Edinburgh’s “Abyss”!  “Slumming it” was a term coined to explain the habit of generally well-meaning Victorian men and women who wanted to take tourist type trips into the heart of slum dwellings.  This is exactly what we will do, with your Historic Edinburgh Tours guide, a bundle of fascinating eyewitness stories and your own imagination, we will walk around Blackfriars Street and St Mary’s Street while we explore what these very respectable areas today were once like.  And the truth is shocking.  Crime, alcohol abuse, extreme poverty, an uncaring society, police abuse, prostitution, dilapidated buildings and an incredible amount of sectarianism and racism will be shown through the testimonies of the very people who lived here. 
Advertised days and times only.  Please check our Facebook page for news of this tour Price  £10pp, £8 (conc), £2 Under 16 Walking difficulty - ‘moderate’ - 1.5 miles approx, with mild slopes Meeting place - Greyfriars Kirkyard on Candlemaker Row English language only
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Historic Edinburgh Tours are delighted to announce a new, very specialised tour which will see us leading our guests around locations linked to Edinburgh's Victorian past.  This tour focuses on the life of the poor, and it doesn't hold back on the stories of how our Victorian ancestors managed to survive being on the lowest rung in Scotland's capital city. This two-hour guided tour will cover the poorhouse,  lodging houses, the locations of some of the most poverty-stricken houses and of the most crime-ridden streets the Old Town had to offer.  We also look at the measures put into place to 'improve' the quality of life for Edinburgh's powerless poor.  This isn't the cheeriest tour we've ever planned, but it is  a fascinating quest to uncover a part of Edinburgh's history which is rarely told.
Your Victorian Edinburgh tour will give you opportunities to explore these aspects of Victorian life – On this tour you will visit the site of Edinburgh’s poorhouse and discover why this offered and didn’t offer, you’ll discover what life was like inside a typical Victorian lodging house and how it compared to both the poorhouse and life in a slum.  We will explore the impact of the Improvement Acts and see what the alternatives might have been.  We’ll also look at how some people managed to team together to give themselves a chance in life, a chance that Victorian society never gave them.
See Edinburgh as it was
Dare you enter Edinburgh’s Victorian ‘abyss’ on our slum life tour?
Your Victorian Edinburgh tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your guide will meet you at the grave of Greyfriars Bobby which is located just inside the entry gates of the Kirkyard itself. We will start by launching you right into the unfairness of Victorian poverty,  but we’ll keep your mind racing as we will only reveal our tour a few minutes later as we stand outside the remaining section of Edinburgh’s poorhouse.   We know how to weave a fascinating story around even the grimmest of subjects, and we won’t disappoint on this tour.  Next, we’ll look at the Victorian (former) Royal Infirmary on Lauriston Place before heading down past the Flodden Wall at the Vennel.  No ‘Victorian Edinburgh’ tour would be complete without a look at lodging houses, and we’ll include a Grassmarket ‘then-and- now’ comparison at the same time.  We’ve got a steep set of stairs at Granny’s Green Steps to climb, but we’ll break it up with a look at some of the biggest issues to plague the Old Town during Victoria’s reign.  We’ll learn about the Ragged School before seeing the result of the Improvement Act…and learn about what it cost Edinburgh regarding lost history and heritage. 
- The Poorhouse and why it wasn’t so helpful - Blackfriars and St Mary’s Wynds - two of the very worst streets - The Improvement Act (and how it did/didn’t help) - Crime and alcohol abuse and it’s impact on Edinburgh’s poor …and more!
Edinburgh West Bow Old Edinburgh - The Bowhead House
Victorian Edinburgh Tour
“This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Edinburgh. A really entertaining and informative tour that helped us understand a lot more about Edinburgh and some of the people who once lived there. The stories were told with humour and with so much information, it was definitely great value for money. I would definitely recommend this tour, we had an excellent evening.”
Tripadvisor review highlights;
Book Victorian Edinburgh Tour
We move down the Lawnmarket and High Street before the second part of our tour begins, and this will be a very different type of tour.  We’re now about to enter Edinburgh’s “Abyss”!  “Slumming it” was a term coined to explain the habit of generally well-meaning Victorian men and women who wanted to take tourist type trips into the heart of slum dwellings.  This is exactly what we will do, with your Historic Edinburgh Tours guide, a bundle of fascinating eyewitness stories and your own imagination, we will walk around Blackfriars Street and St Mary’s Street while we explore what these very respectable areas today were once like.  And the truth is shocking.  Crime, alcohol abuse, extreme poverty, an uncaring society, police abuse, prostitution, dilapidated buildings and an incredible amount of sectarianism and racism will be shown through the testimonies of the very people who lived here. 
Advertised days and times only.  Please check our Facebook page for       news of this tour Price  £10pp, £8 (conc), £2 Under 16 Meet at the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard   on Candlemaker Row. Walking difficulty - ‘moderate’ - 1.5 miles approx, with mild slopes English language only
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ADDRESS 28/2 Bridge Road Colinton Edinburgh United Kingdom EH13 0LQ
CONTACT Mail: robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk Phone: 079590026077
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