Our tours

We offer historical walking tours of Edinburgh’s UNESCO Heritage Listed Old Town (Auld Toun in Scots). Our tours are tailored for small groups, with a maximum of 12 people per tour. This size allows us to offer a more personalised guiding service and answer any questions along the way.

Calton Hill
Coming soon! Social distance will be able to be maintained due to the large, outdoor space of Calton Hill.

Please note our Burke and Hare tour is suspended due to the tour navigating smaller streets and closes in the Old Town, where it is difficult to socially distance.

Burke and Hare: Serial Killers

Delve into 1820s Edinburgh and the cadaver trade that shocked the city. Researched and written over six months, this tour examines Edinburgh’s social history and the fascinating story of serial killers Burke and Hare – murder, greed and deception.

This tour contains references to violence, murder and criminality and is not suitable for children.

  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time.
  • The meeting place is in the West End of Princes St. Once booked, you will receive confirmation of location.
  • The tour ends in the North Bridge area.
  • Accessibility

Tickets are £11 adult/£9 concession/unwaged/pension/student + booking fee.

Please note that all tours have a minimum of 2 people to go ahead. If there are not enough people for the tour to go ahead, you will be notified and receive a complete refund.

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Private tours
Have you got a small group and would like a tour? We offer any of our regular tours for private bookings. Get in touch with your requirements.

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‘The tour was outstanding. My guide didn’t just provide a compelling account of one of the more grizzly events of Scottish history. He set it squarely in the context of the steaming squalor of the period, where the mob made its voice heard, and establishment cover-ups really worked. If you want to walk in the footsteps of serial killers, their terrified victims, and the unquestioning academics who made it all possible, this tour is a must!’ – S Bremner

‘An extremely comprehensive, interesting and atmospheric walking tour. Our guide Steve obviously has done a great deal of research into the life and times of Burke and Hare and is also a great source of information on other aspects of the history of the old town. I would highly recommend and felt it was extremely good value.’ – R Thorne

‘A very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide who gave a very interesting in depth story of Burke and Hare and the times they lived in.’

‘Great tour, Steve really knows stuff. Great to hear such well-researched history on a really interesting tour. Highly recommended.’ – Helen Walker

‘Two friends, my wife and I went on this walking tour as we only had a few days in Edinburgh and thought we’d give it a go. I am so glad we did, we all thoroughly enjoyed it and Steve our guide gave a fascinating insight into what the Edinburgh of Messrs Burke and Hare was like. 90 mins fled by. Can’t recommend highly enough.’ – Mark L

‘We felt at ease with Steve and could therefore ask him as many questions as we wanted about the “gruesome twosome”.’ – Jackie Robert

‘Entertaining and informative walking tour related to the exploits of 1820s murderers-Burke and Hare. Great information and visiting bits of Edinburgh I’ve not seen before (and I live here). Steve was knowledgable and entertaining with lots of facts about 19th century Edinburgh. Well worth the walk. Do it, it’s fun.’ – stuart k, Edinburgh

‘A really interesting walk around key locations in the Burke and Hare story. Steve is a great guide and had lots of facts and social history of the time woven into the tour. Even as an Edinburgh resident, I learned a lot and enjoyed seeing hidden away places I’d never seen before. Highly recommended – and it will get you off the busy tourist trail.’ – Sandra M, Edinburgh

‘A fascinating way to explore the city and Scottish history. Well-researched and well-told, the Burke and Hare tour is a macabre delight and a lot of fun! Highly recommend!’ – Rebecca Bauert, Australia

‘Steve is a wonderful storyteller… and it is clear that so much thought, careful
planning and appreciation for Edinburgh and its past has gone into this tour!’ – Maryanne Sea, Portugal

‘This is a great tour to learn the history and truth behind the famous story of Burke and Hare and also to visit and learn about Edinburgh’s old town. Great locations as well!’ – Katalina Kitt

‘Thank you Steve a really fascinating walk with some gruesome facts about what was happening in the 19th century in Edinburgh. Glad I was visiting in 2018 and not in the 1820s….Bring some good shoes and a warm jacket if it’s cool out and enjoy.’ – Lee R, Australia

‘We really enjoyed this tour, our guide Steve has clearly put in a lot of time and research into it. He clearly loves the history of Edinburgh and the tour took in some lesser-known parts of the city and we’re now full-bottles on Burke and Hare. We come to Edinburgh each year and will be checking Auld Toun tours website to see if Steve has added any more itineraries for 2019.’ – Ashtiboy, Australia

‘Excellent tours.’- Rosalind Byrne, Australia

‘Interesting stories and information, great guide!’ – Yi-Fan Yin-Cheng, Canada
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