What you'll do
We explore the Southside, which is a beautiful part of the city (away from the tourist centre), with lots of greenery and stunning architecture. There, we uncover unbelievable true stories; from grave robbers, to the real-life Sherlock Holmes, surgeries gone wrong, plague doctors, suffragettes, chloroform parties, 18th century sexologists and much, much more... Whether you’re a doctor, a surgeon or you’re just a bit sick in the head and you like to hear lots of gory, disgusting things, then you will absolutely love this Marvellous Medical Tour! It will make you gasp, it will make you laugh, it will probably make you throw up in your mouth a little bit... What’s not to love?
Hello! I'm Euan, a born-and-bred local, and I'm very passionate about my beautiful city and its history. Whilst studying, I've also been giving historical walking tours of my hometown for 4 years, in both the Old and New Towns, and I know all the nooks and crannies of Auld Reekie! You might be surprised to know that Edinburgh was once the centre of medicine throughout the English-speaking world! So, join me on this Marvellous Medical Tour, as we get under the skin, and dissect the fascinating, gruesome, and, at times, hilarious medical history of this city... After all, laughter is the best medicine!
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Where you'll be
Starting at Greyfriars Kirkyard, we'll be venturing into the Southside, with many magnificent examples of beautiful Victorian architecture, as well as lots of green parks and gardens. We'll see the house where Arthur Conan Doyle lived while he was inspired to write Sherlock Holmes, as well as the place where Darwin stayed while studying in Edinburgh, not to mention the surgeries where trailblazers of science transformed the world of medicine.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.
I'll be at the meeting point early, awkwardly eyeballing strangers, so you'll know it's me! The tour covers about a mile, but it's very flat (only a few steps). We'll also finish where we started.
Marvellous Medical Tour