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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
March 31, 2009
From journal Elegant Edinburgh
April 8, 2006
Every time he asked for a volunteer, our son, the only child on the tour, raised his hand high in the air. The kid was absolutely thrilled when he got to stand in as a traveler who had his tongue cut out for giving a public toast in Edinburgh to the English queen. So, obviously, some of the tales were a wee bit... uh... graphic. Don't take young children or anyone who is squeamish.
With that said, our 11-year-old son ate it all up.
As for the adults, we were happy to get out of the cold and walk into the underground vaults. We have always loved haunted tours that give us some sense of history along with the ghosts. We did get some of this here as we learned how peddlers set up shop under the city. The vaults themselves were eerie, lit by candles.
With our tour running a little over an hour long, we skipped the drink afterwards and headed back to our hotel... our son looking for ghoulies around each corner.
Cost? This varies based on which tour you take and whether or not you go to a tavern afterwards. Kids get a price break, and the tickets we bought were a reasonable 7 pounds.
More information? Go to www.mercattours.com.
From journal Excellent Edinburgh