Real Women of Edinburgh Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Zakia

2 hours, Hosted in English
Cultural immersion
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What you'll do

This tour will be led by one of Invisible Cities guides- no matter their gender because we are ALL feminists.

The tour will start on the Grassmarket and will finish at the Scottish Parliament. Along the way, you will hear stories of:

Maggie Dickson 
The original Edinburgh Body Snatchers
JK Rowling
Elsie Inglis
Jesse King

You will also hear about social enterprises and homelessness in Edinburgh. 
Other things to note
The meeting point is in front of Maggie Dickson's Pub (exact address is 92 Grassmarket).

Meet your Host, Zakia

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I'm Zakia, the founder of Invisible Cities, an organisation that trains people who have experienced homelessness to be tour guides. I am passionate about Edinburgh and everything it has to offer.
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About the organization: Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities is a social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. We offer alternative tours of Edinburgh, all focused on what our guides are passionate about! We use 100% of our profits for the development of our guides or to give back to the community.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Invisible Cities.

Where you'll be

We will start on the Grassmarket and end at the Scottish Parliament.

After hearing about Maggie Dickson's story, you will discover the Grassmarket Community Project and will go up to Greyfriar's Cemetery where you will be told about Edinburgh's first body snatchers but also about the representation of women throughout the city. 
We will then go down the Royal Mile, to learn about JK Rowling, and her Rags to Riches story. 

Rated 4.63 out of 5 from 72 reviews.

Paul And Clara
August 2021
Paul, our guide, was great. We loved it, he gave us lots of information not only about women but about Edinburgh in general. It was our first time visiting the city so he gave us lots of useful information and tips for our stay. We definitely recommend this tour, thank you Paul!
August 2020
An excellent walk around Edinburgh with insights into its history and current social challenges that was interesting and thought provoking Highly recommend it
December 2019
Paul was a great and very personable guide. We really enjoyed the stories of Edinburgh's strong women and the bonus stories related to Harry Potter, bodysnatchers and cemetery dogs! It was also good to find out about all the great work being done to tackle homelessness in Edinburgh. A great couple of hours that flew by.
September 2019
Learn about some extraordinary, un-celebrated women of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh. View important sites related to the women, hear their stories. and benefit the city’s homeless at the same time! A very special tour!
Deborah A
September 2019
Everyone should take this journey. It opened my eyes to a whole perspective of what happed in the past. Fantastic idea to share.
September 2019
Paul was a great guide, we learnt so much about the city and the women (good and bad) that made an impact on the history. Fantastic tour.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

warm jacket (This is Scotland!)
Umbrella (This is Scotland!)

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.