What is the Edinburgh Dungeon?

Boat Ride at the Edinburgh Dungeon

Fear is a funny thing...

The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

We love it. We know you will too. Here's why:

  • Full on 360 sets with gripping storytelling
  • 11 actor led shows with the finest and funniest of Scottish acting talent
  • State of the art theming and special effects
  • Two awesome underground rides
  • Laughs, screams and cutting edge storytelling

We're the black comedy of attractions; dark, atmospheric and very very funny.

Yes, but how does it work?

The Edinburgh Dungeon is an 80 minute journey through centuries of Scotland's darkest history. Tours leave around 10 minutes apart and guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions then move from show to show. You will laugh and scream as you encounter gripping storytelling, exciting rides and thrilling special effects. It's based on real history and legend (minus the boring bits) where you come face-to-face with sinister characters from Scotland's gruesome past, including murderous twosome Burke and Hare and Scottish legend Sawney Bean. Experience the disastrous effects of the plague in Street of Sorrows, the fearsome torture chamber and sense the ghostly presence of the Green Lady in 1715 Old Craig House.

It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you'll pass through the Caves of Galloway, plague-ravaged closes, the fearsome torture chamber... and a mysterious graveyard where Burke and Hare might be found lurking. Believe us, it's better than a sightseeing or boring museum tour of Edinburgh.

The Judge and Courtroom
The Torturer
Boat Ride
Sawney Bean
Anatomy theatre
Burke and Hare
Street of Sorrows
Maggie Dickson
Drop Dead

Here are some of our most popular shows and attractions:

Who's it for?

The Edinburgh Dungeon is scary fun for everyone except very young guests and wimps!

It's particularly brilliant for people who can plan ahead! Not only will you save money, you'll also get to feel smug on the day. The Dungeon is one of Edinburgh's MUST SEE attractions. We get busy!

Who loves us...?

Don't just take our word for it. You can check out recent guest reviews of the Edinburgh Dungeon, or read more about our shows. You can also see which are our most popular shows, as voted by fans on Facebook. Or, if you've visited and want to share your experience of the Dungeon, leave us a review for other brave souls to read!

Go on... 'Like' the Edinburgh Dungeon before you book your ticket. We like you!

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“Had a fantastic time. 5 star performances by all the actors. Loved the way humour was entwined with the fear factor. Special mention to the cannibal family. The actors playing the mother and daughter …”

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