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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

#43 of 192 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
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Great fun for those who want a different story of the city

I have been looking forward to this tour since last time I was in Edinburgh (was unable to do it as I wasn't in town on the right night). The tour was quite nice, although there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 January 2017
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a very disappointing experience for us as we booked the tour well in advance and were very excited about it. Unfortunately the tour was cancelled on the day we attended as only 4 people showed up and we were informed the tour is only viable with 6+. We were instructed we could come back, so we returned two... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I have been looking forward to this tour since last time I was in Edinburgh (was unable to do it as I wasn't in town on the right night). The tour was quite nice, although there was a stop at Ensign Ewart that seemed rather unnecessary as we didn't discuss that pub- it just seemed like a pit stop. The... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The tour was varied, exciting, really interesting and also quite funny, we visited a lot of bars and historical spots in Edinburgh. The tour takes like 2-2.30 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

If you know something about Scottish literature, you have to go - you will enjoy the story and walk through Edinburgh by memorable places. If you know nothing about Scottish literature, you still have to go - you will enjoy educating part of the tour. Even if you don't want to know anything about Scottish literature you still have to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I went on this tour with a group of friends and it was absolutely worth the money. You got a lovely walk, and very interesting commentary on the colorful history of Edinburgh. Very entertaining!

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Sackville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

What a great way to walk around the city at night. To think that you are having a pint or whiskey in the establishments where the great literary figures of Scotland once wrote and drank. Our tour guides were great entertainers and put on a wonderful theatrical performance highlighting Edinburg's famous writers and poets. A great way to spend the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Great Thursday evening tour with our two tour guides. Started our evening off at the pub across from our hotel. Very energetic guides with great local knowledge of the history of Scotland. A great way to get to know Edinburgh. You should take this tour if you have the time. Enjoyed by all!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My sister and I had a wonderful time hearing the banter between the guide and the 'learned interrupter'. The walk between pubs gave us an opportunity to see some sights off the Royal Mile. The guides' knowledge of poetry, poets and history was clear as they shared and 'argued' their way through lines and laughter from the poets of Scotland.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The GOOD - good selection of pubs, just the right amount of walking, pay as you go for drinks, amusing The BAD - tour started late, group size too large, not very interesting or humourous

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Absolutely loved this. I am an amateur actress and was really impressed with the high quality of the acting. Very entertaining and well worth the money. cannot praise this highly enough.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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