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Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Private Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Private Walking Tour

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes or a curious detective yourself? Join this private tour costumed storyteller/guide to learn more about the origin of the legendary detective whose existence is closer to reality than it seems. Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this unique and atypical walking tour of Edinburg. (Re)discover the city through the authors eyes in the 19th century. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories about the Surgeon's Hall and the Arthur Conan Doyle's youth. Walk through New Town to the author's birthplace. Along the way, find out about the fascinating connections between Edinburgh and the world of Sherlock Holmes. Elementary indeed.

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

2. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Edinburgh while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. See many of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions and go on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues and visit ghostly locations including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow, and sites where public executions were held. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Learn about the Scottish Witch Hunts and the Burke and Hare murders and view the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

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What people are saying about Surgeons' Hall Museums

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 38 reviews

A fun tour which gives a lot of interesting insights into the vast history Edinburgh has to offer! The puzzles are relatively clever and it feels great to solve them on your own (but don’t feel bad if you have to use one or two of the hints). You should definitely play it at night to give it the extra kick and by that you also avoid the crowds a little more.

Great fun, took us to parts of Edinburgh we had not seen before but still close to the centre, challenges were the right level for us and the game provided good information along the way!! Would highly recommend!

Good fun and interesting self guided tours with some challenges to get you thinking.

Lots of great stories and very informative about history of Edinburgh.

Fun, nice way to discover Edinburgh and some of its secrets