*Please note there are no more public Dead Centre tours in 2019, however you can book a private group tour – see below.

Let us take you into the world of the dead and the dying. Disease, death and execution will be on the menu – with a side order of Vikings and some body-snatching!

Starting at the Meadowside entrance to the iconic and ancient Howff cemetery, it will come as no surprise that death is the topic of conversation on this tour. Disease, execution, illegal activity and ancient relics make up the body of our 1 hour tour, which ends in City Square. Walk is suitable for most ages and walking abilities, with no stairs and minimal walking between points. There is also public seating available if required at some of the points in the Howff and the City Square.

All I will say without spoiling it is that it was amazing the thing that I as a dundonian did not now about. This is a tour that I would 100% recommend.Derek M, on Trip Advisor
Just back from the ‘Dead Centre’ tour and I can’t recommend Dark Dundee tours enough! The tour was informative, exciting and gory- just what we wanted.chazfraz4, 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 Main entrance to Howff cemetery, Meadowside / City Square
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 5 minutes before your tour begins for a prompt departure.
TOUR LENGTH Approximately 1 hour
WEAR Comfortable clothing, non-slip shoes.

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; team-building 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 at the main entrance to  the Howff cemetery, on Meadowside (just opposite the DC Thomson building).

Arriving by car:

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 for free on street 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.

The Overgate has ample spaces, and if parking after 6pm you can park up until 11pm for just £1 (details correct as at May 2018, check for current prices).

Arriving by bus/train:

All buses stop in the city centre in Dundee, and the Howff is no more than 3 minutes walk from any of the main stops. It is also just a 5 minute walk from the train station, the quickest route is to walk through the Overgate centre, exiting through the back exit (between Five Guys and Frankie & Bennies) and up Barrack St.

The tour starts and mostly takes place in the Howff cemetery. There is a small lip on the gates both on entrance and exit to the graveyard, of approximately 1-2”. The paths inside the Howff are cobbled and very uneven at points. After leaving the Howff by the bottom exit onto Barrack St, we cross the road and walk through the Overgate centre, through automatic sliding doors, and then walk to the city square. The route after the Howff is all flat and paved, with dips in the pavement to cross the road. The final point at city square is also flat and paved. There are no stairs or steps on this tour.

There are bus stops at the start of the tour, and just before the city square which at those two points can cause considerable background noise. The rest of the tour is fairly isolated from outside noises. The city square can often be busy with people, and often many seagulls (we recommend you NEVER eat outdoors on our city centre tours, the seagulls will make you regret it!).

There is one road to cross, which is at the exit to the Overgate car park and as such can be a busy part of the road to cross, especially during peak times, with no crossing.

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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November 3, 2019

Wish to be added to your email list for tours please

November 4, 2019

Hi Gary, no problem I’ll add you onto our email list – Louise

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