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.