Invisible (Edinburgh): Edinburgh City Tour: Uncover Stories of Crime and Punishment

Edinburgh City Tour: Uncover Stories of Crime and Punishment

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Invisible (Edinburgh)

Social Enterprise

1 hour
From$16 USDPer person

Invisible (Edinburgh) is a social enterprise that trains individuals who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides while offering alternative, socially minded tours of the city.

Tour Highlights

  • Take a walking tour of Edinburgh while helping combat homelessness in the city.
  • Discover the local history and the issue of homelessness in Scotland today.
  • Learn about the history of crime and punishment in Edinburgh.

Tour revenue will be invested in providing support for Invisible (Edinburgh)'s tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment. Preferably Wednesday - Saturday.

  • Start Time

    After 3 pm or anytime Saturday

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, French

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Tour Participants

    4 to 12

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Sonny, an Edinburgh local, offers you a tour of HIS Edinburgh, taking you along the streets that he knows and following the stories of crimes, hangings, and jail time! Hear Sonny’s story and uncover his journey!

Begin your adventure at Maggie Dickson's pub and hear the incredible story of how Maggie Dickson survived a public execution in the early 1700s. Then, make your way to Grassmarket Community Project, a social enterprise, and Greyfriar's Cemetary, where you'll learn about the Covenanters and the first concentration camp in history. Hear stories about Deacon Brody, the character that inspired Jekyll and Hyde, before the making your final stops at Street Work and the Serenity Café, the UK's first addiction recovery cafe.

Vetted & Visited By

3 Visitor Reviews

  •  
    Sharron Wilson ●  Jul 4, 2017

    Thank to Sonny for his time. He did a friendly, relaxed and informed tour and we enjoyed being shown around by him. It was interesting to learn historical information and learn facts about Edinburgh city center that I did not know despite working in the royal mile. It was also interesting to learn about the social enterprises and charities that help the homeless. We enjoyed ourselves and Sonny did well.

  •  
    Val McDermid ●  Apr 13, 2017

    Excellent Tour! Social enterprise provides feelgood tourism!

  •  
    Eva ●  May 11, 2016

    Sonny is funny and so knowledgeable. As a local there are so many things I did not know about Edinburgh.

Tour Start Address

92 Grassmarket (in front of Maggie Dickson's pub), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

How To Get There

The Grassmarket is a square right in the center of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

More About Invisible (Edinburgh)

Mission

To train individuals who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides while offering alternative, socially minded tours of the city.

Main Programs

  • Train tour guides: self-development, history, story-telling

  • Provide tours of the city

  • Public Education

Awards & Recognition

Notable Press Mention
Community Fund Recipient
Official Training Partner