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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+  

Walking tours run every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. More information and tickets can be found here.


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 PPE.
  • 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.
  • As our guides and museum staff will be wearing PPE this may make the tour more difficult to follow for anyone who is hearing impaired. If you wish to book the tour and are hearing impaired please contact us at and we will be happy to assist.

Large Groups 

If you have a large group and would like to discuss booking a tour please contact our Events Officer: j.kielty-o' 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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