Our Public Tours
Join one of our afternoon or evening walking tours for a revealing delve into some of the Old Town's surprising secrets.
All tours are outdoors and we proceed whatever the weather, so always check local forecasts and wrap up accordingly before coming along!
The Ghosts & Gore Tour
A gentle stroll through the Old Town, with guide Alexander Clapperton (deceased) joined by a number of quirky local phantoms who'll tell you hair-raising tales of plague, punishment and persecution.
- Available: Wednesday - Sunday.
- Start time: 7pm.
- Duration: 80 minutes approx.
- Meeting point: Outside the Witchery restaurant (usually; see below for more info).
- Best choice for: A shorter walk but longer stories, getting into extra depth, and the ghosts playing a bigger role in the performance.
The Greyfriars Cemetery Tour
A walking tour of Greyfriars cemetery.
Visit the graves of some of the lesser-known characters buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, including the lecturer who taught Charles Darwin, the actor buried in full theatrical costume, and the First World War ace pilot.
Did you know Greyfriars cemetery has links to golf, the moon ... and turnips? Who was the mysterious Miss Cathcart? Who was the man who fought a duel in London's Hyde Park? Where is the bestselling novelist from the 1770s buried? Although not our main focus, we will also point out the graves with links to Harry Potter on this fascinating walk around Greyfriars cemetery.
- Available: Wednesday - Sunday.
- Start time: 2pm.
- Duration: 90 minutes approx.
- Meeting point: Outside the Cadies & Witchery Tours shop (see below).
- Best choice for: Adults and older children wanting a focus on the history, and less hi-jinks. (Probably still the occasional bad joke.)
- Note: This tour is with main guide only. If you are looking for a tour with a main guide and 'jumper ooter', we recommend the Witchery Ghosts & Gore Tour.
If you are unable to make one of our public tour slots, or are looking for a more bespoke arrangement in any way, we also offer the Ghosts & Gore Tour and Greyfriars Cemetery Tour for private booking, at a time to suit your party.
Prices start from £150.00. Please contact us if you would like to rent a ghost.
In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing as our tours thread through the Old Town's closes, these tours will initially be limited to a maximum capacity of 25 persons.
Due to the ongoing restrictions, we are currently running our public tours only Wednesday-Sunday.
If you are looking for something bespoke or outwith this schedule, please do contact us or phone 0131 225 6745 and we will see if something special can be arranged.
Where to meet your tour
Our tours may depart from one of the two meeting-points below. There is a standard meeting-point for each tour, but it may change on occasion due to access restrictions or other special circumstances. Always check your booking confirmation details to confirm the correct meeting-point for your tour.
The Witchery restaurant
Our Ghosts & Gore Tour usually meets outside The Witchery By The Castle restaurant at 352 Castlehill (the top of The Royal Mile).
The Cadies & Witchery Tours shop
Our Greyfriars Cemetery Tour normally departs from outside our wee shop at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street). It's just a couple of minutes' walk from The Witchery.
Our other tours may also depart from the shop at times, like when we're unable to meet outside The Witchery due to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Monday-Saturday for about 3 weeks in August) or concerts held on the Castlehill in June/July.
Please check your booking confirmation for the correct location for your tour. if in doubt, contact us.
How to get here (and back)
Both meeting-points are within easy walking-distance of numerous public transport options. If coming by train, Waverley station is 10-15 minutes' walk away. A similar distance away is Princes Street, with buses to all parts of the city, and trams to the West End and airport.
If coming by car, please note that on-street parking is limited in the Old Town, and in addition there may be parking restrictions or even road closures in some streets during the Edinburgh Festival and at various other times. There is an NCP car park on Castle Terrace, about 10 minutes' walk from both meeting-points.
You can join our ghosts any night of the year (except 24-26 December). Just select the number of adults and children in your party, and the date you wish to join us. Choose a tour from the list that appears below, enter your on-the-day contact number, and click "Book Now" to be taken straight to the checkout.
Please note: All bookings are reviewed by a human before being confirmed. Once this is done (please be patient if we're asleep!), we will email you with a ticket number, which is your proof of purchase on the night, and full instructions on how to join your tour.
If you have a Tesco Clubcard voucher code, you can redeem it on the next page of the booking process.
To book through any other discount scheme or promotion we may be involved in, please contact us directly to arrange your booking, mentioning the name of the promotion and the date and time you would like to attend.
Got a question? You may find it's been answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page.