One of the things I love about Edinburgh is its colourful past. The streets of the Old Town are just teeming with fascinating stories, some a little *ahem*grisly at times, but these tales are definitely worth seeking out while you are in Edinburgh. One of the best places to see these stories come to life is at the Edinburgh Dungeon, just behind Waverley Station on Market Street.
To celebrate the launch of the Green Lady, I was asked very kindly to attend their launch event and have a go around on the tour. After you have got your ticket and your photo taken (check out our fab posing skills above!), you’ll be directed into the Tolbooth holding cell (the real thing, incidentally, used to be found a stone’s throw away on the Royal Mile). When the judge is ready, he will come and try you for your crimes!
From your sentencing in the Old Courtroom, you’ll be sent down into the belly of the dungeon, where you’ll learn all about Edinburgh’s gory and chilling past through around eleven “acts”. You’ll find yourself helping a student inspect the latest surprisingly fresh corpse delivered by grave robbers Burke and Hare, hunt out cannibals in a sea cave in Galloway, and find out what it feels like to drop from a hangman’s noose!
I’ll not give to much away, but my personal favourite bit was when we went to hunt out Sawney Bean. When you get to the cave, be sure to keep your wits about you and be prepared for the unexpected…
The Green Lady
The Green Lady is the latest permanent addition to the Edinburgh Dungeon. It vividly tells one of the city’s most intriguing ghost stories, with love, betrayal and of course, death. Again I don’t want to spill too many details, but it is a fantastic show with great effects and a brilliant addition to the Edinburgh Dungeon experience.
Escaping the Edinburgh Dungeon through… the afterlife?
Once you’ve heard from all the residents of Auld Reekie and met your fate on the Drop Dead Ride, you’ll be catapulted into the afterlife which, it seems, is a never-ending labyrinth. It took Mr Bug and I quite a while to find our way out, as we kept bumping into ourselves (yes, it’s as strange as it sounds).
New for summer 2016: Wicked Women
The Edinburgh Dungeon are shaking things up a little for summer 2016 with their new show ‘Wicked Women’.
As well as all your favourite Edinburgh Dungeon regulars, such as Half hangit Maggie, Agnes Bean and The Green Lady, visitors will learn about the dark story of Mary Queen of Scots. Implicated in assassinations, murder plots and scandal, she was beheaded at the order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I in 1587. Was she misunderstood, or indeed a wicked woman who deserved her terrible fate? You decide…
You can catch the Wicked Women at Edinburgh Dungeon until 28 August 2016.
Edinburgh Dungeon is a great option for a rainy day or a family day out (although just make sure your kids are brave enough to face the scary bits!). It really brings Edinburgh’s history to life and when you’re not being disgusted or scared out of your wits, you might actually learning something interesting too! If you want to take home some wickedly gruesome tales from your trip to Edinburgh, then the Dungeons are an absolute must.
The Edinburgh Dungeon is at 31 Market Street, EH1 1DF, beside the Fruitmarket Gallery behind Waverley Station. An adult tickets costs £16.95 while a child can get in for £12.95, however, for the cheaper deal, book your tickets online, pick your time slot in advance and skip the queues at the door.