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

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums on this brand new medical history 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 70mins and include free museum access on the day of your tour. 

Age Guidence 10+  

Our public walking tours are currently not running. They will return in early 2022. Please check back for more details.

Please note that pre-booking is essential as tour group sizes are smaller than normal.

When accessing the museum you must wear a face mask (unless medically exempt from doing so.) Face masks are not mandatory during the tour but are recommended. 

Large Groups 

If you have a large group and would like to discuss booking a tour please email While we will try our best to accommodate your request, private group tours are subject to availability. 
Please note: There is a maximum group size of 30 people per tour.


You can find the access statement for our 'Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours below. If you would like any further information please get in touch.

Blood and Guts Access Statement


“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!”

"Went on the Blood and Guts tour today, led by Gerry (with a G). The tour was fun, informative and Gerry was knowledgeable, with a great sense of humour and kept us engaged the whole time. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in the tour!" *****

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