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5 Best Scary Attractions In Edinburgh This Halloween

Edinburgh is home to some of the most haunted places in the country, as well as possessing some dark history that’s sewn into the city. 

Get your brave face on, and prepare yourself as our luxury hotel shares five of the best scary attractions you can visit this Halloween during your Edinburgh city break.

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Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Step on board the creepiest bus around on the Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour. These classic 1960s buses are on hand to take you round the spookiest places Edinburgh has to offer. You’ll also be immersed in their live theatre experience to make this a tour like no other.

It’s the best way to see all the haunting sights of Edinburgh within one trip, and to decide where you want to head back to so you can explore even further. Wander down to Edinburgh Lawnmarket to hop on and discover more.


Banshee Labyrinth Pub

Dare to venture inside Edinburgh's most haunted pub. A section of the pub was once part of the underground vaults, infamous for being haunted by spirits. 

Many souls are said to wander this building, but ‘The Banshee’ is the most talked about. When workmen were renovating the venue, they reported hearing a terrifying scream. Then hours later, one of the men got a phone call to say a family member had died. Many believe this scream was the Banshee warning the man of his family member’s passing. 

You can sit back and relax to enjoy a drink in this eerie pub, watch out though and keep an eye on your drink. People have placed their drink on the table and then seen it slide off, or smashed against the wall by an unknown force!


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Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon combines live actors, detailed sets and thrilling underground rides to bring you dark Scottish history in an entertaining and engaging way. There are ten different sections to wander through, all with scary surprises waiting around the corner while you travel back in time to medieval eras. 

The theming is state of the art and you’ll really feel immersed in the action, and all its chilling details. Make sure you add this one to your list for hauntingly good fun!


Edinburgh Vaults

Perhaps the most infamous haunted site in Edinburgh are the Edinburgh Vaults. The network of vaults date back to the 1700s and have a sinister past. They are also said to be filled with paranormal activity. 

The vaults are located underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town and were once utilised by merchants and tradesmen, before becoming a hot spot for criminal activity such as gambling and even storing corpses. It is alleged that the famous Burke and Hare even stored some of their victims in the vaults.

You can tour the vaults to learn all about their gory history, the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches. It’s a spine chilling tour that is bound to bring the shock factor.


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Haunted Graveyard Tour

You’re in for a ghoulish night on the City Of The Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour. This late evening tour takes you around Edinburgh's Covenanter’s Prison and the Black Mausoleum, something this tour has sole access to so you won’t find this experience anywhere else!

The fascinating history and wild stories combined with the right balance of witty humour makes this excursion a must-do activity if you love all things ghostly and eerie surroundings. What better way to spend a chilling Autumn evening during the spooky season?


We hope that we’ve given you some Halloween inspiration if you fancy doing something scary to celebrate the season during your visit.

Book now to explore all the spine-tingling sights of Edinburgh.





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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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