From riots and rebellions to disaster and seiges, this tour highlights only the very worst in our bloody battle for survival against overwhelming odds.. 

*There are no more A Dark History tours in 2018. You can still book a private group tour using the form below, and we will release more dates for 2019 tours later this year.*

A Dark History explores the darkest days in Dundee’s past, starting on the Perth Road with a story of riots and revolutions, ending with the tale of the bloodiest days ever seen in the city, at the Overgate. Here’s what our past guests said about A Dark History:

We have done tours like this in other cities but by far this was THE most interesting. RedPepperEvents, on Trip Advisor
Loved it and can’t wait to go on another.mola52, on Trip Advisor

The tour lasts for approximately 1hr, and will run regardless of the weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. See our full terms and conditions for more information.

START/END LOCATION Outside Duncan of Jordanstone College / Old Steeple, Overgate
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 5 minutes before your tour begins for a prompt departure.
TOUR LENGTH Approximately 1 hour
WEAR Comfortable clothing, preferably waterproof!

Upcoming dates for this tour:

Want a tour just for your group?

Inquire for a private tour

We can arrange a private tour any day and time we are available, and for any sort of group including: hen party; stag party; birthdays; work night’s out; teambuilding groups; corporate visitors or entertainment; reunions; charity groups; educational groups from primary to college / university level; or just a group of friends or family.


The tour starts just outside the entrance to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, on Perth Road. This is just opposite The Mayfly bar (who can serve hot drinks to take away on cold days!), and Food Anarchy.

Arriving by car:

Because the ‘A Dark History’ tour route is in a line, you will have to consider if you want to park at the end and walk to the start point (please allow time to arrive for the tour start time), or at the start and walk back at the end, or maybe somewhere in the middle!

The map below details available parking points in red, including on street parking zones and nearest car parks.

Parking is free on street and in most council car parks (check signs for parking charging times) after 6pm. If you’re tour starts at 6.15pm this is ample time to park and arrive in time for the tour. Parking charges and length of stay may apply if parking before 6pm, see street or car park signs for details.

Arriving by bus/train:

The closest bus stops to the start point are on Perth Road, buses 73, 5 etc stop here (both directions), nearest bus stops are on the map above.

The start point is also just a short 5 minute walk from the city centre stop of each bus route in the city, and also from Dundee train station.

Arriving by foot:

Use the map to find the start location, if walking from the city centre walking up Nethergate onto Perth Road is the most direct route. You can also walk through the University of Dundee Campus if walking from the north from Hawkhill or Blackness areas.

From the waterfront, you can cross the train lines on Seabraes footbridge (situated near Tesco – see parking map above), a beautiful new bridge completed in 2015. You can then walk up the stairs to Perth Road, although be warned there are quite a few stairs going this route, but fantastic views.

The start point of the tour is on a flat paved surface, and the route of the tour from point to point walks down Perth Road and Nethergate over paved surfaces with no steps and there is a crossing point each time we cross the roads which can be quite busy.

At the first point however, there is a point of interest we visit which is up a flight of stairs and a short hill. There is no ramp or wheelchair access to this point, and the rest of the tour continues by coming back down these stairs, then continuing on flat paved surfaces. While this point of interest is not essential, and guests unable to climb the stairs can continue on with the rest of the tour, however this point would be missed but we can take and show a photo.

The tour mostly takes places close to busy main roads which can create a lot of background traffic noise, especially during busy hours. There are no jump out scares on the tour, just all the good grisly parts of our history told by our local guides, with a few laughs along the way.

If you have any queries or concerns about accessibility on this tour please get in touch with us.

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