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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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“I joined this tour as the proceeds were going to a local homelessness charity. I was just expecting a general history tour of the Old Town. However my expectations were more than exceeded. The guide made the topics interesting, thought provoking and he made for an excellent story teller. I liked how he intertwined modern day poverty with what it was like back in the Victorian era. I particularly enjoyed the pictures and inforgraphics used which made the stories come to life. I have recommended this tour to others and I would not hesitate to go on a different tour.” travelkattours TripAdvisor review -6/2019
“After enquiring about this tour Robert kindly arranged it to coincide with the dates we were visiting Edinburgh and all proceeds he received were donated to Street work charity. The fascinating tour gave us a real insight into the desperate poverty people lived in and was told with respect for those who suffered but was also peppered with some uplifting stories of those facing adversity, two hours packed with real history and knowledge and told with real passion, thank you Robert!” Shirlmac789 TripAdvisor review - 7/5/2019
“Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make sure I saw what I needed, and even provided sources from his own extensive collection of historical photographs and texts. Robert is extremely knowledgeable about Edinburgh's history and a very personable, eloquent guide who avoids the sensationalism of the typical tourist patter. I'd absolutely recommend one of his tours - you won't regret it!” Sharonnewell01 TripAdvisor review - 17/10/2018
The worst place to start! Your Victorian Edinburgh tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your guide will explain why this is the very worst place to start this tour…and this is why we chose it! 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. 
SOME VICTORIAN POVERTY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
SOME OF OUR FIVE STAR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Dare you enter Edinburgh’s Victorian ‘abyss’? 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.
The Grassmarket lodging houses 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. 
An opportunity missed 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. 
Entering the worst slum streets We then 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…
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GREYFRIARS TOUR
Your guide will be standing near to this section of grass.
Life ‘at the bottom’ 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. 
Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh The John Knox House Canongate Kirk Grassmarket tour Grassmarket tour
Which day?   Please check our Facebook page for                    the next running of this tour.                    Where?          Meet your guide in front of Greyfriars                     Kirk on  Candlemaker Row.  The                    postcode is EH1 2QQ.   Greyfriars                    Bobby’s Bar is next door.   We finish                    in the Kirkyard. Cost?              £10 per person,  £8 concessions,  £2                    children under 16. Accessibility -   Possible small sets of steps, some steep                        inclines, walking on  (possibly  wet)                        grass and some unpaved tracks.
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NAVIGATION
SOCIAL
ADDRESS 28/2 Bridge Road Colinton Edinburgh United Kingdom EH13 0LQ
CONTACT Mail: robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk Phone: 079590026077
  
LEGAL
HISTORIC EDINBURGH TOURS Award winning guided tours of Edinburgh
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019
“I joined this tour as the proceeds were going to a local homelessness charity. I was just expecting a general history tour of the Old Town. However my expectations were more than exceeded. The guide made the topics interesting, thought provoking and he made for an excellent story teller. I liked how he intertwined modern day poverty with what it was like back in the Victorian era. I particularly enjoyed the pictures and inforgraphics used which made the stories come to life. I have recommended this tour to others and I would not hesitate to go on a different tour.” travelkattours TripAdvisor review - 6/2019
“After enquiring about this tour Robert kindly arranged it to coincide with the dates we were visiting Edinburgh and all proceeds he received were donated to Street work charity. The fascinating tour gave us a real insight into the desperate poverty people lived in and was told with respect for those who suffered but was also peppered with some uplifting stories of those facing adversity, two hours packed with real history and knowledge and told with real passion, thank you Robert!” Shirlmac789 TripAdvisor review - 7/5/2019
“Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make sure I saw what I needed, and even provided sources from his own extensive collection of historical photographs and texts. Robert is extremely knowledgeable about Edinburgh's history and a very personable, eloquent guide who avoids the sensationalism of the typical tourist patter. I'd absolutely recommend one of his tours - you won't regret it!” Sharonnewell01 TripAdvisor review - 17/10/2018
The worst place to start! Your Victorian Edinburgh tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your guide will explain why this is the very worst place to start this tour…and this is why we chose it! 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. 
SOME VICTORIAN POVERTY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
SOME OF OUR FIVE STAR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Dare you enter Edinburgh’s Victorian ‘abyss’? 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.
The Grassmarket lodging houses 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. 
An opportunity missed 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. 
Entering the worst slum streets We then 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…
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GREYFRIARS TOUR
Your guide will be standing near to this section of grass.
Life ‘at the bottom’ 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. 
Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh The John Knox House Canongate Kirk Grassmarket tour Grassmarket tour
Which day?   Please check our Facebook page for                    the next running of this tour.                    Where?          Meet your guide in front of Greyfriars                     Kirk on  Candlemaker Row.  The                    postcode is EH1 2QQ.   Greyfriars                    Bobby’s Bar is next door.   We finish                    in the Kirkyard. Cost?              £10 per person,  £8 concessions,  £2                    children under 16. Accessibility -   Possible small sets of steps, some steep                        inclines, walking on  (possibly  wet)                        grass and some unpaved tracks.
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HISTORIC EDINBURGH TOURS Award winning guided tours of Edinburgh
“Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make sure I saw what I needed, and even provided sources from his own extensive collection of historical photographs and texts. Robert is extremely knowledgeable about Edinburgh's history and a very personable, eloquent guide who avoids the sensationalism of the typical tourist patter. I'd absolutely recommend one of his tours - you won't regret it!” Sharonnewell01 TripAdvisor review - 17/10/2018
The worst place to start! Your Victorian Edinburgh tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your guide will explain why this is the very worst place to start this tour…and this is why we chose it! 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. 
SOME VICTORIAN POVERTY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
SOME OF OUR FIVE STAR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Dare you enter Edinburgh’s Victorian ‘abyss’? 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.
The Grassmarket lodging houses 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. 
An opportunity missed 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. 
Entering the worst slum streets We then 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…
Life ‘at the bottom’ 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. 
Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh The John Knox House Canongate Kirk Grassmarket tour Grassmarket tour
Which day?   Please check our Facebook page for                    the next running of this tour.                    Where?          Meet your guide in front of Greyfriars                     Kirk on  Candlemaker Row.  The                    postcode is EH1 2QQ.   Greyfriars                    Bobby’s Bar is next door.   We finish                    in the Kirkyard. Cost?              £10 per person,  £8 concessions,  £2                    children under 16. Accessibility -   Possible small sets of steps, some steep                        inclines, walking on  (possibly  wet)                        grass and some unpaved tracks.
ADDRESS 28/2 Bridge Road Colinton Edinburgh United Kingdom EH13 0LQ
CONTACT Mail: robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk Phone: 079590026077
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019
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