The Edinburgh Walking Tour Company
Jekyll and Hyde (starring Burke & Hare)
Our Burke & Hare tour is part of our 'Jekyll and Hyde' tour, taking in the famous 19th century murderers, who killed 16 innocent people in Edinburgh’s 'Old Town' for financial gain, selling their corpses to the medical school of the Edinburgh University.
We tell their story and the tales of the darker side of Old Edinburgh’s past by taking you deep into the narrow streets, closes and wynds. All this with the breath-taking views of Edinburgh Castle looming above us while we walk.
We venture onto the famous street 'The Royal Mile' and pass by the famous St Giles Cathedral, telling stories of how Robert Louis Stevenson based his thinking and inspiration for his novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. We show you where Stevenson socialised, down the side streets and closes of the Royal Mile, in the taverns where he would encounter the darker side of humanity.
The tour will conclude on the Royal Mile, at the entrance to the famous Mary King's Close, which is renowned for its history of the dreaded medieval plague and the many spirits who are said to be trapped for eternity in this area directly below the streets we walk on.