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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:Flexible

Skip the Line: The Edinburgh Dungeon

Skip the line! Purchase your ticket to The Edinburgh Dungeon ahead of time to take advantage of jumping the queue and gaining fast track entry. Don't waste time waiting in lines on vacation!


  • Skip the Line entry to the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Discover Edinburgh’s paranormal and gory history
  • Spooky boat ride, shows, actors and interactive special effects
  • No waiting in queues with fast-track entry
  • Flexible ticket – you choose when you’d like to visit the Edinburgh Dungeon

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: The Edinburgh Dungeon

Skip the Line: The Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon uses live actors, shows, a spooky ride and interactive special effects to take you on a unique journey through Scotland's most horrible history. Meet the ghosts of the city when you delve into the world of the paranormal in Scotland's haunted capital.

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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Anatomy Theater
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!

Clan Wars
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!

Haunted Labyrinth
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fun and silly very enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very scary, includes a boat ride and a twist at the end......Great characters, great dungeon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good experience! We were both very wary of a cheap thrills type of place. Edinburgh dungeon far passed our expectations. It seemed like everyone in character was frighteningly enthusiastic. All guests in our tour were very into it, and although it wasn't tear your hair out scary there were some really good spooks along the way. I reccomend it to anyone stopping by the city of Edinburgh.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great experience. Scary, educational, entertaining. Fun! Takes at least an hour and a half.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was definitely worth doing. I was on a trip with my friends for my birthday celebrations and we did this tour, had an absolute scream. It terrified us in parts but was also laugh a minute. It's a great tour go and do it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great attraction! The character interact with the visitors and make it very enjoyable. We will definitely go back to The Edinburgh Dungeon on out next trip to Edinburgh!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was a lot of fun - the characters were awesome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour, staff very well versed and good fun and professional. Would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Brilliant really enjoyed it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great fun while being a very informative introduction to Scotland's dark history. My wife and I both enjoyed the jokes, scares, and eerie experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone journeying to Edinburgh.

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