Edinburgh’s history is rife with diseases such as cholera, typhus and the plague. Now, thanks to The Edinburgh Dungeon, they’re all about to be unleashed again. Who will survive?

Launching on 18th March 2016, The Edinburgh Dungeon’s new show – DEADLY DISEASES – takes guests back to the disease-ravaged streets of the capital where they will come face-to-face with its victims and their ghastly ailments.

Delivered with the mix of cheeky humour and gripping storytelling for which the award-winning attraction is known, visitors will learn about the curious cures concocted by the city’s blood-stained barber surgeons – the men treating those unable to afford a doctor. Those lucky enough to escape will then venture down a plague-ridden street of Old Edinburgh, the Street of Sorrows, and meet the Foul Clenger – the plague cleaner.

But the scary fun doesn’t stop there. At the end of the tour, visitors find themselves on Market Street – the Dungeon’s new immersive shop. Below them are rat-strewn cobbles and above are hanging awnings as well as swinging rows of tankards, bottles and cages. Meanwhile stalls spilling over with wares combine to offer a new retail experience.

Edward Evans, General Manager at The Edinburgh Dungeon commented: “At the Dungeon we are always coming up with frighteningly funny ways to bring Edinburgh’s darkest history to life. Paying a visit to one of the city’s blood-thirsty barbers is the perfect way to experience this colourful chapter in the history book first hand – but it might put people off their next haircut!”

Deadly Diseases is on from 18th March 2016 - 10th April 2016 with shows running from 10am – 5pm. Ticket prices start from £11.75 for adults, and £9.95 for concessions (online saver rate). For more information or to book tickets please visit

www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh or follow @EdinDungeon for updates.

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