We started our evening with a few drinks, I needed the dutch courage to cope with all the spooky happenings that we were about to experience, and then headed to the Haunted History Bus Tour starting point at Waverley Bridge.
The Haunted History Bus
We hopped on the bus and grabbed one of the few two person seats (anti-social much) and set off of the bus journey!
The bus tour takes about an hour in total, and starts off by taking you through New Town giving you an insight into the story of Jekyll & Hyde, then round the castle and past the Grassmarket where we heard all about the grim public hangings of some of the earliest serial killers of note in Edinburgh.
Next, we went through to Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, where we got off of the bus for a wee walking tour. For this bit of the tour, I would definitely recommend having your warmest coat on, because we were bloody freezing. I think the Kirkyard was possibly the coolest bit of the tour, hearing about the World’s most haunted graveyard was so interesting (and morbid). This bit of the tour was also pretty cool because of the snippets of Harry Potter information we got too.. Thomas Riddle is buried in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard!
We hopped back on the bus for the remainder of the tour past Bruntsfield Links and finishing up at Holyrood Palace where we learned all about Mary Queen of Scots, as someone who didn’t study history at all, I found it super interesting! Classic that Steve knew about almost everything as a little history buff haha.
One thing I actually really enjoyed throughout the tour was the little video interjections too! It was a cool addition to the bus trip hearing from characters as well as the tour guide.
The Edinburgh Dungeons
As we made it a combi haunted date night, we went to the Edinburgh Dungeons in the same night which is just around the corner from where the tour bus starts and ends.
I haven’t been to one of the dungeons locations since I was REALLY young, so I went into the dungeon feeling really scared that I was just going to jump the whole bloody time and embarrass myself, so I spent a lot of it with my eyes closed and hands over my ears like a child.
The actors in the dungeons are so good! I don’t think I’d be able to keep in character so well with a group of adults that were jumping and screaming the whole time.
The highlight for me was that Steve got called up to be the first audience participant in the Courtroom. It was hilarious, he definitely loved the attention (just saying). After the courtroom, we headed on to see Agnes Finnie, a badass witch. I love hearing about the history of witches, Edinburgh has such a wild witch history and I find it so fascinating.
The torture chamber actor was hilarious, he made so many jokes with a dead pan face and I spent the whole time laughing and felt very sorry for the audience participant he called up.
The creepiest part of the whole tour was the cannibal’s cave. It kept cutting to pitch black and the actors were running around the room to jump out on us. I definitely stood with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears the whole time.. CREEPY.
In the dungeons, we learned all about Burke and Hare and the business of selling bodies to anatomy professors then headed along to learn about the plague where once again Steve was picked to participate much to my delight…
At the very end of the tour there is a maze of mirrors which actually has no way out… You get out when they let you out. It was only a wee bit frustrating trying to find your way out, but I can’t deny that I thoroughly enjoyed watching a grown man walk into a mirror on more than one occasion.
The Haunted History Bus and Edinburgh Dungeons actually really compliment each other, we chose to do both in the same night and had a date night full of Edinburgh based haunted history. It was so much fun, and so nice to do something different to our usual date nights!
Get your tickets!
Halloween isn’t over yet, you can still get yourself a combi ticket now! Adult tickets are £28, and you can redeem the Edinburgh Dungeons part of the ticket at any time, so you don’t necessarily have to do them both in one night like we did.
Although we went for a date night, this combi ticket would be a fab activity for a family visiting the city, especially if you have kids that like history too.
We had SO much fun, and now I just want to do all the haunted activities that Edinburgh has to offer.
See more of our adventures and date activities here!