Skip the Line: The Edinburgh Dungeon
Everything that you see is based on real historical events from the brutal Clan Wars, to Edinburgh's Great Fire and the Anatomy Theatre. With a chilling boat ride into the lair of cannibal Sawney Bean the Edinburgh Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave you screaming for more!
We recommend spending one hour at the Edinburgh Dungeon.
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- November 01 to March 09: weekdays 11:00am - 4:pm (last admission)
- November 01 to March 09: weekends 10:30am - 4:30pm (last admission)
- March 10 to July 20: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last admission)
- July 21 to August 30: 10:00am - 7:00pm (last admission)
- August 31 to October 26: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last admission)
- October 27 to 31: 10:00am - 6:00pm (last admission)
- December Weekdays: 11:00am - 4:00pm (last admission)
- December Weekends: 10:30am - 4:30pm (last admission)
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Skip the Line: The Edinburgh Dungeon
- Entrance to Edinburgh Dungeon
- Guide book
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- This attraction is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition or very young children.
If you are squeamish at the sight of modern surgery you will be in for a shock at The Edinburgh Dungeons' Anatomy Theatre. In the 18th century, medical and surgical schools were a catastrophic mess of unhygienic barbarism! The dissection of corpses in these schools were as much a show of theatrical entertainment as they were education. In the same manner that public executions were reveled in, these bloody procedures were the subject of excitable spectators.
As organs were plucked from the corpse and blood spilt, it was often considered the more mess created the greater the spectacle and, as most corpses were fresh from the local prison, the sight of this butchery was considered a source of justifiable glee! See if you can stomach the Anatomy Theatre demonstration at the Edinburgh Dungeon and be careful of the slippery floor!
Deep in The Edinburgh Dungeon, bloodthirsty battle cries and clashes of steel ring throughout the cavernous halls. The Scottish Clan Wars are thrust into the present day as the story of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe unfolds before you. You find yourself hiding in a croft with terrified MacDonald clansmen as rival Campbells approach intent on destroying their enemy.
On the morning of the 13th February 1692, 38 unarmed MacDonalds were ruthlessly murdered under the orders of the new king, William III. Clan Campbell had committed the hideous slaughter and affronted Scottish Law and Highland tradition in the process. Witness the historic conflict and shudder at the cold-blooded brutality of this dark age. And beware! if you're not wearing tartan you had better declare your clan allegiance upon entry to save yourself some trouble!
Enter the dark and terrifying labyrinth, at the Edinburgh Dungeon, that stretches from beneath the Castle, under the Royal Mile and away into the unknown.
A drummer boy disappeared without a trace in these very catacombs over a century ago. If you listen carefully you may hear a distant drum beat as his spirit wanders vainly looking for a way back to the light of day. Don't lose your way, or you may suffer the same dreadful fate.
Judgement of Sinners
Are you a sinner? If you are, you may be reluctant to enter the Judgement of Sinners exhibit at The Edinburgh Dungeon! However minor the crime committed, in the 18th century there was a dubiously fitting punishment in store that would terrify the living daylights out of you today! And at the Edinburgh Dungeon the past is today and the judge is convicting you of horrible crimes!
Will you be condemned to languish in the rat-infested dungeon, suffer the consequences of your actions in the torture chamber or will you be operating the torture equipment on some other poor victim? The maniacal judge of sin is about to point the finger! People suffered hideous torture through many inventive methods and contraptions. See which were considered appropriate consequence for different crimes and gasp at the savagery that once reigned in Europe. Just don't annoy the Dungeon staff!
Mary King's Ghost
1646, and you find yourself in the mysterious Mary King's Close where the stench of the poor souls abandoned to die of the plague is overpowering. You are chilled to the very bone, when suddenly you are confronted by a vengeful ghostly presence that leaves you paralyzed by fear...will you escape?
The Cave of Sawney Bean
Some travelers have gone missing and rumors are flying around that the cannibal Sawney Bean has dragged them deep into his cave, but beware! Sawney has spotted some tasty flesh and is heading your way.
Explore the facts that surround the myths; from local legends to world famous Vampires. Take an eerie boat ride into the lair of the demon Boabhan Sith vampires...it might just frighten the life out of you!
Vampires have remained a strong presence in European fable through the centuries. How could a creature of fiction have instilled such fear and genuine belief to have existed in public consciousness all these years? Would the idea of Vampires make more logical sense if they were not fiction at all?
Scotland hasn't escaped the terror of these night creatures. The most famous account is the legend of the Boabhan Sith, seductive lady vampires of the Highland Glens. Learn of this story and other incredible vampire reports throughout history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Vampires: Fact or Fiction will make you question your beliefs and reveal dark truths behind the deadly myth.
Reviewed by: Jill D, August 2014
Really good quite scary but my 12 year old enjoyed it and it didnt terrify her. Just the right length of time being just over an hour........definately worth a visit.
Reviewed by: JENNIFER B, December 2013
We loved this tour. A little scary for our 9 year old but he can laugh about it now. A great blend of history, theatre and humour. We really enjoyed this and is was a great break from the regular tours on offer!