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An Injection of Edinburgh Medicine

Your Guru: Brian
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  • Edinburgh
  • Available in English
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes

About the Guru

Hello, my name is Brian and I've been guiding in Edinburgh, Scotland and London for 15 years and very much enjoy showing this fabulous city of Edinburgh to the world. I spent 11 years working at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens Official Residence in Scotland, before studying in London for a year to gain a Special Diploma in Tour Guiding. Today, my focus is on Edinbur... More

Hello, my name is Brian and I've been guiding in Edinburgh, Scotland and London for 15 years and very much enjoy showing this fabulous city of Edinburgh to the world. I spent 11 years working at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens Official Residence in Scotland, before studying in London for a year to gain a Special Diploma in Tour Guiding. Today, my focus is on Edinburgh and Scotland and I love learning more about this beautiful city and country.

About the Tour

AN INJECTION OF EDINBURGH MEDICINE
The City of Edinburgh has an amazing and fascinating history of Medicine and Healthcare and very much has the stories to go along with it. There are many walking tours of Edinburgh but very few go into interesting and in some cases incredible stories of what happened in Edinburgh regarding medicine especially between the 18th and 20th centuries. 
In this tour, we explore several striking people, characters, and facts.
 
These include:
1. Dr. Elsie Inglis. The doctor who helped revolutionize female healthcare in Edinburgh. 
2. The story of William Burke and William Hare and their role in medicine.
3. The Bedlam Theatre. Today a student theatre but in the 18th century a psychiatric hospital. 
4. Sir James Young Simpson and his "Chloroform Parties".
5.  The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh from the 19th century and an added piece of interest for Beatles fans. 
6.  Potterow - Where Dr. James Barry lived during her university days. 
7. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  A wonderful museum and riots against female education. 
The tour ends with the stunning Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh building with its museum and cafe, both of which are definitely worth a visit in themselves.  

This walking tour will give you something different from so many of the walking tours around Edinburgh which talk about the same stories.  So get underneath the skin of the city and inject a little piece of Edinburgh's medical history into your soul.   

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: To meet you I will start the tour at Bella Italia, 54-56 North Bridge, Edinburgh. EH1 1SB. I'll be holding a black umbrella and wearing Doc Martin boots.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

Tour Schedule

  • English
    Fri, 24 Sep 19:00
  • English
    Fri, 01 Oct 19:00
  • English
    Fri, 08 Oct 19:00

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 per person, 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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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 per person, 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!

No reviews yet