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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
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Very informative

My husband and I had a great time except...the large group that held the entire group back by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Eileen H
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Poughkeepsie, New York
Fantastic Fun and a Great Intro to Edinburgh

We had a great time with our literary tour guides, who led us both physically around Edinburgh (a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sojourner6
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Dallas, Texas
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18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I had a great time except...the large group that held the entire group back by buying bottles of champagne at each stop and we could not leave until they finished. Other than that it was great!

Thank Eileen H
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great time with our literary tour guides, who led us both physically around Edinburgh (a great primer for us, brand-new to the city) and historically through Edinburgh's literary heroes. The actors (John and Riley) were both hilarious and entertaining and well-informed. They...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We looooved this tour!! So much good-natured fun, and a really great chance to see Edinburgh. Would recommend doing it on your first night in Edinburgh perhaps, so you can get a good feel for the city. Our actors (John and Riley) were fantastic -...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In a short visit to Edinburgh (or any city, really) you can't really discover the heart of a city. In taking a tour, you hope to get a glimpse, and the literary pub tour did just that. We loved the route this walking tour followed,...More

Thank AndrewWallace
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant - the actors (Paul and Hazel I think) were wonderful. Yes, it involves as many pubs as it does literary figures, but we thought it was a really enjoyable way to spend a few hours in the evening. The history and poetry were interesting...More

Thank HelenPortsmouth2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great pub crawl. Nice experience! I'm just offering some constructive criticism, and in no way slamming this fun experience. I think the beginning of the tour, Mr. Clart, aka, Paul, should have mentioned the writers that he was going to talk about during the tour...More

Thank cook2272
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learned about the tour from the billboard on Royal Mile Street, and since I'm a big reader I decided to give it a try on a Saturday evening. I met the tour at the Beehive Inn bar and immediately was engaged into the characters...More

Thank polyachka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a MUST DO while in Edinburgh! Entertaining, funny and enlightening, my friend and I had a fantastic evening with our lovely guides and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good time. This is an engaging theatrical experience bringing history and...More

Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very agreeable two-hour walk with a couple of stops for beer. Paul and Hazel created opposing critical characters arguing whether Edinburgh's literary scene was really high literary art of just the ramblings of uneducated everymen. I think we can conclude both. Entertaining script but...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Despite the blustery weather, my wife and I bundled up last night and headed out to The Beehive for the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour. Good decision! Our hosts, Paul and Hazel, provided an entertaining look at the greats of Scottish literature as we tippled our...More

Thank danaz99
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jordiepoo
19 February 2017|
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Response from Dewi J |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
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16 September 2016|
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.
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