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Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour in Edinburgh

  • Embark on an in-depth, nighttime tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard

  • Follow your guide to corners of the cemetery that most visitors miss

  • An interactive projector tour helps bring the landmark alive

Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour in Edinburgh
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Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour in Edinburgh
From US$13.04

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Greyfriars Kirkyard is rich in history—and on this in-depth, nighttime tour, you’ll discover a side of the landmark that most visitors miss. Follow your guide to the cemetery’s key points of interest, learn about the characters buried here with an interactive projector tour, and even discover how Greyfriars inspired Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

What to Expect
Our Greyfriars Kirkyard Projector Tour is a refinement of our summer ‘Resurrectionists Tour’. There we used A3 booklets to show you which characters were buried under some of the tombs and monuments; now we can take it a step further! Over the Winter months, our projector tour lets us shine an image of the person buried here directly on the ground in which they lie or, on a nearby tomb.

These special effects aren’t used as a gimmick. We use the projectors respectfully; Greyfriars is Church of Scotland ground and, importantly; these people are buried here!
Reviews (16)
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Reviewed 31 August 2018
Most Informative Tour

This tour was arranged for us by a friend and I would have to say it was the best small group tour we did in Scotland. Robert is very knowledgable and gave a very in depth tour of the history surrounding Greyfriars, at the same...More

Thank Kathy H
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you so much for your kind and positive review! The Greyfriars Tour is such a small tour and so highly focussed that I often wonder if I should retain it, your comments are a real blessing. The tour is also one which is heavily...More

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Fabulous - funny and informative

Robert took a group from the Dorothy Dunnett Society for an amazing tour around Greyfriars at the end of April (sorry it has taken me so long to post this!). We had such a brilliant afternoon that we did not want it to stop. Robert...More

Thank Betty M
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Dear Betty, Thanks for your review - please never worry about any delays! I absolutely loved taking your group around. A guide is only as good as their audience's desire to get involved and to take part and it was a pleasure to take such...More

Reviewed 5 July 2018
Highly Recommend this Tour!

This was an excellent tour, especially due to the knowledge and presentation skills our our Tour guide, Robert. He has clearly spent a lot of time researching the many fascinating subjects that lie within this site. He approaches the tour with humor and enthusiasm while...More

Thank Matthew C
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Dear Matthew, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, especially such a positive one. I believe that Greyfriars is one of the most interesting places in Edinburgh and, from a historical perspective, it is one worth visiting. I was delighted that you booked...More

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Funny and Entertaining Tour

This was an excellent tour and Robert did a wonderful job of mixing in humor while giving a wonderful historical tour of the graveyard. One of the best tours I've been on and should be a must do while in Edinburgh. The history and stories...More

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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for your really kind review. Greyfriars is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh and my tour is one I love giving, but, like all tours, it depends on how much your audience gets involved. Your group were just perfect and really helped...More

Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile
Great tour! Highly recommended!

This was the best tour we did in Edinburgh and a highlight of our visit. Robert was extremely knowledgeable about Edinburgh and Greyfriars Kirkyard history. He’s a great storyteller, and a fun and humorous guy. You definitely sense that he does this because he enjoys...More

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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

I'm really blown away by your comments. Thank you so much for taking the time out to leave a review and for leaving such a good one! It makes a huge difference to my confidence in trying to deliver for my customers. I hope you...More

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Response from E D S | Reviewed this property |
It was probably about an hour, we didn’t get a chance to go in a few areas due to it being muddy from bad weather. Great tour!