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Edinburgh: Haunted City Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

1. Edinburgh: Haunted City Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

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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Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this walking tour of Edinburg. Discover the city through his experiences. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories from the Surgeon's Hall. 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.

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What people are saying about Surgeons' Hall Museums

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The whole family enjoyed the quiz. We have been to Edinburgh before but this fantastic game showed us areas and details of the City's rich history we had completely missed before! Also walked us past some areas we just had to stop at such as the Surgeons Hall which again was another interesting part of our visit. Highly recommend getting this quiz to explore the city while testing your detective skills at the same time. Thank you.

Really enjoyable experience, showed us some great parts of Edinburgh and the challenges In-between made it so fun and engaging. Great to get to do it at your own pace. Easy to follow and use. Highly recommend this to anyone

We had so much fun on our self guided tour! We did it in the evening to make it more atmospheric and really enjoyed ourselves while learning a lot of interesting stories about Edinburgh’s brutal past.

Was an interesting day and good to find out more about the gruesome history of Edinburgh

Even though we had to walk around in the rain it didn’t detract from the fun of it.