Guided tour

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

From US$ 19.85 per person

Take a guided afternoon stroll through Edinburgh's most famous cemetery and hear many surprising historical tales related to the individuals interred within its grounds.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Take a guided walking tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • Hear of the interesting stories of famous and lesser-known individuals interred at the cemetery
  • Learn about the history of the cemetery, which has been used as a burial ground for centuries
Full description
Meet your expert local guide and visit the graves of some of the lesser-known individuals buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Learn about the lecturer who taught Charles Darwin, an actor buried in full theatrical costume, and a First World War ace pilot. Uncover fascinating stories from centuries past as you wander through Edinburgh's most historic cemetery. Hear more about the mysterious Miss Cathcart. Visit the gravesite of a bestselling novelist from the 1770s. Discover burial sites that have links to contemporary popular culture, namely the Harry Potter book and film series. In addition to learning about the hidden history behind the graveyard, spot the burial places of famous individuals related to the history of Edinburgh.
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  • Entry to Greyfriars Kirkyard
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 12 years
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Please arrive 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Enter the shop to let the local partner that you have arrived.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Food and drinks
    • Unaccompanied minors
    • Video recording

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    • This tour will take place rain or shine
    • Guests should arrive 5 minutes before scheduled departure time
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    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 8 reviews

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    It was informative, interesting and fun. Robin our guide was friendly, hilarious and very knowledgeable. It was fabulous to be in a small group and able to ask lots of questions. All of which Robin was able to answer. We are visiting Edinburgh again in October and we will definitely book another tour with Cadies and Witchery ghost tours.

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    August 9, 2021

    Lovely informative tour with Robin, loved his stories a nd knowledge, well worth doing his tour.

    October 22, 2021

    Robin was our guide of the Kirkyard. We had a wonderful time. Not being Harry Potter people we were not aware of that connection. The Kirkyard is full of Edinburgh history- robin has loads of anecdotes and background info. We highly recommend this tour.

    September 13, 2021

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