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

Date(s): 25 March 2023

Time: 11am

Cost: £9.95-£14.95

Age Restrictions: 10+

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Join Surgeons Hall Museums on our BSL 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 discover 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.

Encounter 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.

Age & suitability Guidance: Age 10+ and those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. This tour will be led with hearing tour guide who will be accompanied by a BSL interpreter.


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 this is an outdoor walking tour that runs throughout the year so please dress accordingly. Not all the sites we visit are dog friendly and therefore we admit assistance dogs only.

 We do not sell through any other channels other than our official Eventbrite page. Please be aware that we do not accept re-sold tickets for our events and your name must be on our guest list to be admitted.

 Eventbrite charge a booking fee (0.49p + 6.5% of the ticket value) for this event which is included in your ticket price but is non-refundable.



 “The Blood & Guts tour was a fantastic afternoon walking around some of Edinburgh's fascinating yet dark and macabre historical landmarks, brought to life by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide! We did the tour as a couple, but would highly recommend to all ages.” *****

“Had a great time on @surgeonshall ‘Blood and Guts’ walking tour around Edinburgh! Our guide Eliza was very knowledgeable so definitely check it out if you get the chance!” 

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