Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
Likely to sell out Booked 12 times yesterday

From US$ 16.90 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 12 times yesterday

Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this supposedly haunted location.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
Full description

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This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents, and the spirits that are supposed to haunt them.

The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover slightly more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

Includes
  • Tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Guide
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information ticket booth outside of the Bank of Scotland, located across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
  • Single floor spiral staircase at entrance/exit of vaults and further small sections of stairs inside.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 4353 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Informative, nice to see if you like this sort of thing. The guide is completely absorbed in his story and takes you well into it. Activity matches the description. Please note: less suitable for people who are sensitive to entities or the like - or yes, it is what you want

August 2, 2022

Our tour guide, Nora, was knowledgeable, engaging and funny. Unfortunately, once in the vaults, for me the dark, heavy air, and going deeper and deeper underground was too much for me and I left the tour after 30 mins (could feel claustrophobia setting in). It was a great experience overall for the time I was there.

July 25, 2022

The vaults tour was one of the best parts of our trip to Edinburgh. Stewart, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and so much fun - he was courteous of everyone in the group and made sure we all had an excellent experience. Would definitely recommend this tour to future travelers.

July 23, 2022

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