Edinburgh Dungeon


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If you like your history packed with facts, this might not be for you. However, if disease, murder, exaggerated pantomime mayhem and the pornography of violence are more your bag, then a trip to the Edinburgh Dungeon - run by the folks behind similar operations in London and York - is an entertaining way to find out about Scotland's murky past.

Exhibits focus on local horrors, from the plague-ridden streets and brutal judicial executions to the murderous trade of Burke and Hare. There are all sorts of diabolical torture instruments on show, and a reconstruction of the cave that was home to notorious (and, quite possibly, wholly mythical) 14th-century cannibal Sawney Bean. Costumed guides do their utmost to scare you through the place. Tickets are often cheaper if you book in advance online.

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Edinburgh Dungeon details

31 Market Street

Area Old Town

Transport Princes Street buses

Telephone 0131 240 1001

Edinburgh Dungeon website

Open Mid Mar-June, Sept, Oct 10am-5pm daily. July, Aug 10am-7pm daily. Nov, Dec 11am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun. Jan-mid Mar 11am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10.30am-4.30pm Sat, Sun.

Admission £15; £11-£14 discounts; free under-5s.

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