Halloween

The Hangman’s Haunts

About this tour

Murderers. Witches. Vagabonds. Edinburgh’s gallows had no shortage of candidates – and you’ll meet some of them on this Halloween tour of Edinburgh.

Meet your expert guide at the Mercat Cross – they’ll be in the authentic costume of Edinburgh’s most ghoulish figures from times past. You’ll stand on the spot of the former gallows, and learn of the many people who met their fate with a rope around their neck.

Follow the bodies

You’ll feel the anticipation, excitement and horror of the gallows crowd. Your guide will bring the stories to life – from death-cheating Deacon Brodie to Maggie Dickson, who sprang back to life inside her coffin. Then you’ll tread the stones once worn smooth by the bodywagon, as you head for the Canongate kirkyard. There, you’ll listen for the soft tread of spirits, watching for graves freshly vacated by their restless inhabitants. 

In Summary

  • Delve into the gore of Edinburgh’s worst punishments
  • Explore the Canongate kirkyard on All Hallow's Eve
  • Hear of crime, punishment and bloody history of the Old Town
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - we'll ensure you will be safe, and feel safe on tour

Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accesibility page and Euan's Guide Review.

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Dates & times

Thursday 29th October 

Friday 30th October 

Saturday 31st October 

Sunday 1st November

 

7:30pm and 9:00pm 

 

Children over five years of age are welcome – but you’ll need to judge if they’re up to it!

 

Private group bookings

Reconnect with friends and family on a tour just for you. Email info@mercattours.com and we'll take it from there.

 

Check our COVID-19 measures - we'll ensure you will be safe, and feel safe on tour

Duration

  • 1 hours 30 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Canongate Graveyard

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In Summary

  • Delve into the gore of Edinburgh’s worst punishments
  • Explore the Canongate kirkyard on All Hallow's Eve
  • Hear of crime, punishment and bloody history of the Old Town
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - we'll ensure you will be safe, and feel safe on tour

Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accesibility page and Euan's Guide Review.

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