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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!
Our scheduled day tours start run on Thursdays and Saturdays. We run a 10.30am-12.30pm tour and then a 2pm-4pm tour on both those days. All tours run in most weather conditions. Please ensure you arrive a few minutes beforehand. It would be a huge help to us, and we’d love you forever! Your guide is instructed to wait 20 minutes for his groups, unless we’ve heard from you, after that he has permission to leave if no one has appeared. Booking and pre-payment is essential on all our tours. Our Old Town and Greyfriars tours meet at the grave of Greyfriars Bobby in Greyfriars Kirkyard at the top of Candlemaker Row. Bobby’s Bar sits next to the entry and has the postcode EH1 2QE.Our Canongate tour meets at the forecourt ‘arena’ area of Dynamic Earth in Holyrood Road. The Old Town tour lasts just over two hours. The Greyfriars Kirkyard tour lasts approximately 1h 45 minutes. The Canongate and Old Town tour lasts around two hours. Although we aim to keep to these finishing times, our timings largely depend on the size and speed of the group as well as external events happening in and around the Old Town (such as crowds of people during the Festival). The tour goes ahead, and we will be there no matter what! Edinburgh’s Old Town is formed around a ‘Crag and Tail’ geological formation which means it does have some quite steep gradients up and down. We’ve included videos of the routes of each tour, please follow the links on that tour’s page. We can offer some alternative routes on the Old Town tour and will accomodate groups on our customised private tours. Your guide will be usually be wearing blue shirt/jacket with the Historic Edinburgh Tours logo on the chest, occasionally he may be in traditional Highland Dress, with grey tweed jacket and kilt. We can only take pre-paid, online booking on all of our tours. Please note that we can’t take cash payment on any of our tours. You can use a credit card with your booking - but not ‘in person’ on the tour. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is situated just outside our meeting place and offers a fine range of Scottish cuisine and beverages. Please note that they only allow children in if a meal is being consumed. The Elephant House is only a couple of minutes walk away on George IV Bridge. This is reputed to be where J.K. Rowling wrote early 'Harry Potter' books and can accommodate youngsters. Both of these are great places to visit before, or after, our tour. Both have very clean toilets for their customers (as does the Museum of Scotland over the road) and excellent staff. Our tours are what we would describe as 'PG' tours - requiring parental guidance meaning that both tours are general as appropriate as our often violent history lets us, although we do end both with a very amusing 'adult level' historical story which you can decide to opt out of. We do require that children under 16 attend with an adult. You can read our tour terms and conditions here. Our website terms and conditions can be found here.

Questions you may have about your tour

Our scheduled day tours start run on Thursdays and Saturdays. We run a 10.30am-12.30pm tour and then a 2pm-4pm tour on both those days. All tours run in most weather conditions. Please ensure you arrive a few minutes beforehand. It would be a huge help to us, and we’d love you forever! Your guide is instructed to wait 20 minutes for his groups, unless we’ve heard from you, after that he has permission to leave if no one has appeared. Booking and pre-payment is essential on all our tours. Our Old Town and Greyfriars tours meet at the grave of Greyfriars Bobby in Greyfriars Kirkyard at the top of Candlemaker Row. Bobby’s Bar sits next to the entry and has the postcode EH1 2QE.Our Canongate tour meets at the forecourt ‘arena’ area of Dynamic Earth in Holyrood Road. The Old Town tour lasts just over two hours. The Greyfriars Kirkyard tour lasts approximately 1h 45 minutes. The Canongate and Old Town tour lasts around two hours. Although we aim to keep to these finishing times, our timings largely depend on the size and speed of the group as well as external events happening in and around the Old Town (such as crowds of people during the Festival). The tour goes ahead, and we will be there no matter what! Edinburgh’s Old Town is formed around a ‘Crag and Tail’ geological formation which means it does have some quite steep gradients up and down. We’ve included videos of the routes of each tour, please follow the links on that tour’s page. We can offer some alternative routes on the Old Town tour and will accomodate groups on our customised private tours. Your guide will be usually be wearing blue shirt/jacket with the Historic Edinburgh Tours logo on the chest, occasionally he may be in traditional Highland Dress, with grey tweed jacket and kilt. We can only take pre-paid, online booking on all of our tours. Please note that we can’t take cash payment on any of our tours. You can use a credit card with your booking - but not ‘in person’ on the tour. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is situated just outside our meeting place and offers a fine range of Scottish cuisine and beverages. Please note that they only allow children in if a meal is being consumed. The Elephant House is only a couple of minutes walk away on George IV Bridge. This is reputed to be where J.K. Rowling wrote early 'Harry Potter' books and can accommodate youngsters. Both of these are great places to visit before, or after, our tour. Both have very clean toilets for their customers (as does the Museum of Scotland over the road) and excellent staff. Our tours are what we would describe as 'PG' tours - requiring parental guidance meaning that both tours are general as appropriate as our often violent history lets us, although we do end both with a very amusing 'adult level' historical story which you can decide to opt out of. We do require that children under 16 attend with an adult. You can read our tour terms and conditions here. Our website terms and conditions can be found here.
When does my tour start?
Do I need to book?
Where does my tour start?
How long wil my tour last?
What happens if it’s raining?
How difficult is it to walk the route?
Who is my tour guide?
Do you take credit cards?
Are there toilets nearby?
Are your tours ‘child friendly’?
What are your terms and conditions?
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!
Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
Call us : +44 (0)7590 026 077
Call us : +44 (0)7590 026 077