Edinburgh - The Town Below The City of Edinburgh by Invisible Cities

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The Town Below The City of Edinburgh by Invisible Cities

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(69 reviews)
Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

For centuries Edinburgh was surrounded by defensive walls, Scotland and England had been fighting each other for centuries and following a heavy Scottish defeat at The Battle of Flodden in 1513, when 30,000 Scots invaded England and ended up suffering heavy losses, as well as losing our King, King James IV and most of our nobility, up to 17,000 people were killed on the Scots side, this caused major panic in Edinburg, as it faced being left unprotected it was decided quickly to rebuild the city’s defensive walls. Having built out to the city walls as much as they could, they started building skywards. Some of the houses reached 130 feet! Some of the world’s skyscrapers were built in Edinburgh. The rich and poor had to live together, the poor were left abandoned and the only way they could go was down, people had to live in atrocious conditions, living alongside raw sewage, dead animals, living in abject poverty, theft, and disease was rife, despite all of this they thought that they were safer there than outside the City walls. Paul wants to give these people a voice being a person formerly affected by homelessness himself, he will take you on a journey around Edinburgh and learn about some of its murkier past. This is a fascinating look back in time to discover a previously unknown side of the poor people of Edinburgh. Tips on this tour will go to Invisible Cities (and Paul of course) to support the work they do with their own guides and trainees but also within the wider community. Invisible Cities is a not-for-profit organization that won Best Community Tour in the World by Lonely Planet for their Best in Travel 2021 List.

Meet Invisible Cities - Paul

Invisible Cities - Paul

Paul is Invisible Cities's first tour guide to offer tours on Heygo. An Edinburgh local himself, he is passionate about making people discover his city in a unique way. He is also a mentor to other local guides helping people who have experienced homelessness become walking tour guides of their own city. Invisible Cities is a multi-award-winning social enterprise that trains people who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. With walking tours in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and York, they give people a voice and opportunities to thrive within the tourism sector. Each of their guides are passionate about their city and want the world to discover all the gems and unknown stories that make them so special. The not for profit supports people with training, skill development but also access to wider professional and educational opportunities and organises events in their local communities to support the most disadvantaged people. Paul, is one of Invisible Cities' guides based in Edinburgh.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Edinburgh with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Edinburgh. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers


23 June 2021


Caroll B.

23 June 2021

Can't wait to see another tour with Jes`us! I enjoyed the beautiful art work on the buildings. Can't wait to go on another tour with Jesus'!

Sally B.

22 June 2021


Mary M W.

22 June 2021

What a beautiful city, such a lot of interesting history from centuries ago. Paul was a great tour guide.

Tasos K.

22 June 2021

Great tour. Edinburgh is so beautiful and Paul does a wonderful job

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