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A warm welcome to City Tours Edinburgh. Come and join one of our walking tours in Edinburgh and you will learn all about the history of our beautiful City.

Our walking tours in Greyfriars offer you the chance to visit and learn about the history of the capital and hear about the people who helped shape Edinburgh into the City it is now. Learn about the famous and infamous of old Edinburgh. Listen to our true stories about the history of  Greyfriars Kirkyard and the Covenanters.

On our Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour learn about Greyfriars Historic Kirkyard which includes the Harry Potter connection and the tale of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful little Skye terrier who slept by his masters grave for 14 years, the creepy tale of the Mackenzie poltergeist, The Covenanters and much more.

On our tour you will learn about who the Covenanters were and the Prison where they were locked away, the Gallows where they were hung, the Chapel where their bodies were dressed before burial and their burial site. All this and more on our Covenanters Tour. This tour will take us to three different sites. (not available on Saturdays and Sundays).

Why not book an indulgent Afternoon Tea after your tour and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with tea or coffee at a venue near to Greyfriars.

City Tours Edinburgh conduct unique walking tours for groups of up to 15 people. We like to keep the numbers small so that everyone on the tour will be able to hear the guide and not feel left out at the back of the group. We can do larger groups on request.

We can also cater for Private Walking Tours of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Student tours can also be arranged, please contact us to arrange any of these.

All of our tours are conducted by experienced guides. We pride ourselves on our customer care. Some of our selected tours are conducted in period correct costume.

Hear the history of Greyfriars and Old Town Edinburgh, let us share our knowledge about Edinburgh with you and hear her secrets unfold on our unique walking tours. 

The Greyfriars Kirkyard tour last around 105 minutes. Those tours which include an afternoon tea are considerably longer.

We also specialise in Private Tours for Celebrities visiting our beautiful city, please contact us for more information.

Booking is essential. 


Check our sister site 'Deacon Brodie' the website has just gone live please click here to visit it:

Also look out here for information on our sister group BOBBY AT GREYFRIARS coming soon. Please email us for information about these tours.

Come along to the opening of Greyfriars Bobby's Bar on Friday 23rd March at 5 pm. 

The bar has undergone a refurbishment and will re-open on the 23rd March. Come and see us in costume with a special appearance by Bobby himself and hear Bobby's tune played by piper Bob Lawson. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is just opposite Bobby's statue on Candlemaker Row, next to the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Greyfriars Bobby's Bar
Greyfriars Bobby's Bar
The reopening of Greyfriars Bobby's Bar on Candlemaker Row. The bar has just been refurbished now and looks fantastic. We were invited along in costume to the reopening yesterday. Piper Bob Lawson with Mrs Traill (Caroline) and Mrs Gray (Annie) from City Tours Edinburgh.
Costumed tour guides from City Tours Edinburgh

A great time was had by all at our unveiling ceremony of a new grave marker stone for Painter John McLeod. The ceremony was held today (17th February) at New Calton Cemetery.

Special thanks to Tim Purves (William Purves Funeral Directors) for providing the beautiful marker stone, The McLeod family direct decendants of John McLeod, Councillor Alex Staniforth, piper Jennifer Hutcheon, Willie Telford, Craig Walker, George Robinson, Lisa and Bob (Bobby).

Photos courtesy of Neil Primrose.

Greyfriars Bobby,New Calton Cemetery
Greyfriars Bobby Day City Tours Edinburgh
Greyfriars Bobby Day
Greyfriars Bobby Day
Greyfriars Bobby Day
The annual Greyfriars Bobby Day commemorating the death of one of the most faithful little dogs in history, 146 years ago the little Skye Terrier passed on after laying guard over his Master John Gray's grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. You can hear the full story of Greyfriars Bobby on our Greyfriars Tour. Photos courtesy of Tammie Severn.
Photo 1 Inside Greyfriars Kirk, from left to right, piper  Jennifer Hutcheon, Caroline Walker, Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron and Dave Severn. Photo 2, From City Tours Edinburgh, Caroline Walker and Dave Severn. Photo 3,  Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron (representing the Lord Provist of Edinburgh) and Bobby.

Link to the BBC News.

As seen on the mainstream French TV holiday programme  Échappées belles:  We can be seen at 9.55 into the video.

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Mort safe Greyfriars Kirkyard
Greyfriars Kirk In the sun
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Magdalen Chapel Grassmarket
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Covenanters Prison, Greyfriars
Costumed characters in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Mackenzie's Tomb, Greyfriars Kirkyard.
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Leading piper Jennifer Hutcheon plays'Tribute To Bobby' at Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Kirkyard.
The Martyrs Monument in Greyfriars.