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Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History

Date(s): 31 October 2020

Time: 11am

Cost: £9.50-£13.50

Age Restrictions: 10+

Booking Link:

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Join Surgeons Hall Museums on their 5* walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town.


We will take you through the highs and lows of Edinburgh’s world renowned medical history. Discover the intrigues, rivalries and dedication to the cause as our guide leads you through the sites where anatomists, surgeons and physicians worked, operated and squabbled in the quest for medical advancement.

 Drawn from the archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh you will hear little known accounts of iconic writers, chloroform tea parties, pioneering women, grave robbing and of course Britain’s first serial killers the infamous Burke and Hare.

Hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.

 Tours will last approximately 75mins and include free museum access from 10am-5pm on the day of your tour.

Meeting Point: Please arrive in good time for you tour. Your guide will meet you at the entrance to Surgeons Hall Museums (in front of the hand sculpture)

Please note that pre-booking is essential as tour spaces are limited. Please ensure you have read our COVID-19 Information and tour regulations below before booking.


To make our walking tours a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, we have put the following measures in place:

  • Smaller group sizes
  • Guides will be wearing a PPE face shield.
  • We ask that all attendees wear a face mask during the tour (apart from those who have medical conditions that make them exempt from doing so.)
  • Please keep to social distancing guidelines.

If you have booked a ticket for the walking tour, there is no need to book a time slot to visit the museum.

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