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City of Fantasy: The Geek's Guide to Edinburgh- Free Walking Tour

Your guru: David
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  • Edinburgh
  • Available in: English

About the guru David

David C. Weinczok is a writer, presenter, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland based in Edinburgh. He is a regular features writer for The Scots Magazine and has composed works on Scottish history for History Today and History Scotland. David is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Scotland, and presents documentary videos for Dig It! TV. He has visited over 400 Sco... More »

David C. Weinczok is a writer, presenter, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland based in Edinburgh. He is a regular features writer for The Scots Magazine and has composed works on Scottish history for History Today and History Scotland. David is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Scotland, and presents documentary videos for Dig It! TV. He has visited over 400 Scottish castles to date, and is known for creating online historical content as ‘The Castle Hunter’ to raise the profile of Scotland’s ancient and medieval historic sites.

About the tour

Edinburgh's Old Town, described as a "mad god's dream", has inspired writers, film-makers, poets, and philosophers for over 1,000 years. Discover the true tales behind your favorite works of fantasy with a qualified historian on this tour of Edinburgh's epic medieval Old Town

This tour explores the city's epic history through its pop-culture connections - hear the bloody tale of the real Red Wedding from Game of Thrones, which unfolded within the walls of Edinburgh Castle; enter the New College, Scotland's closest match for Hogwarts where you'll meet the inspiration for Dumbledore; stop at the pub named after the real man who inspired Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; walk through the medieval alleyway where Jamie had his print shop in Outlander; and see if your hands fit into JK Rowling's prints while under the watchful gaze of a unicorn!

If you love history and consider yourself a proud pop culture geek, this is the tour for you.

We will visit:

1. Edinburgh Castle (exterior)

2. Greyfriar's Kirkyard

3. Advocate's Close & Borthwick's Close

4. Makar's Court & the Writers' Museum

5. The Grassmarket

6. Bakehouse Close

7. New College

8. Victoria Street

9. Greyfriars Bobby

10. George IV Bridge

11. Cockburn Street

Meeting point
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How to find me: I'll be standing directly in front of or on the steps at the main entrance to St Giles Cathedral. I have glasses, a reddish beard, and usually a grey backpack.
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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