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Meet the Barbersurgeon

Selected dates from Monday 3 December 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019

Edinburgh Castle

Photograph of an actor dressed as a medieval surgeon demonstrating ancient practice

It's 1573 and once more Edinburgh Castle is under siege! In the midst of the flying cannon balls and crumbling walls is 'barber surgeon' Hector Cadaver. 

His normal routine is cutting hair and pulling teeth, but now you can glimpse the grisly world of a 16th century doctor as he removes musket balls and amputates shattered limbs in the days before anaesthetic. Discover some of nature's remedies used for treating wounds, and see the tools of the surgical trade in Hector's medical cabinet. 

Visitors will be asked to participate - you have been warned! 

Included in admission price.

Select from 1 available date until Thu 31 Jan 2019

(This calendar is for informational purposes only, please select a date when booking your tickets.)