City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour

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    City of the Dead

    Researched and designed by best-selling historical author and award winning novelist J A Henderson, our walks combine the weirdest stories, wickedest humour and wildest history. 

    • 1 hour 20 mins approx
    • Summer: 9pm (Easter to Halloween)
    • Winter: 8.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Halloween to Easter)


    Nightly from the Tree of the Dead, by the roadside wall of St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

    The Graveyard tour combines the weirdest history with the wildest stories and wickedest humour around. This tour even has a unique gift shop – located in a graveyard funeral parlour!

    Best of all, City of the Dead has SOLE access to Edinburgh’s Covenanter’s Prison and the Black Mausoleum – lair of the world famous Mackenzie Poltergeist. An encounter with the poltergeist is the highlight of the tour, with hundreds of people claiming to have been attacked by the entity. The MacKenzie Poltergeist is now regarded as the best documented supernatural case of all time and the tour has become equally famous – the subject of books as well as scores of television documentaries, newspaper articles and websites.

    A careful blend of fascinating history and distinctive humour, culminating in a genuinely terrifying experience has made the Haunted Graveyard Tour a phenomenon. Read the story of the Mackenzie Poltergeist in the acclaimed non-fiction book The Ghost That Haunted Itself and the novel Father Figure by Jan Andrew Henderson.

    WARNING: The Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause physical and mental distress. You join the tour at your own risk.


    • Adult: £14
    • Discount: £12
    • Child (12+): £10

    Please Note

    • Limited numbers apply
    • Please wear sensible foot gear
    • ​For safety reasons, people under the influence of alcohol will be turned away


    • No under 12s
    • No hen or stag parties
    • Not suitable for pregnant women, those with a heart condition or people who have difficulty walking