Guided tour

Edinburgh Old Town and Underground Historical Tour

Edinburgh Old Town and Underground Historical Tour

From US$ 17.34 per person

Join a local published historian around Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and visit its Underground Vaults. Learn about some of Edinburgh’s fascinating history, literary heroes, infamous criminals and the battles that shaped the city into what is today.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Be led around Edinburgh's Old Town by a local published historian
  • Gain exclusive access into Edinburgh's Underground Vaults
  • Explore Edinburgh's long and fascinating past
  • Visit some of the Old Town's hidden closes and historical sites
  • Enjoy our professional, informative and engaging tour
Full description
The historical tour begins at the Old Police Box on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where you will be met by a local historian and proceed straight into the Underground Vaults. Edinburgh's Underground is over 400 years old and is full of fascinating history, all of which the guide will share with you. After visiting the Underground Vaults, your guide will take you all around Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Old Town, visiting some hidden closes and other spots of historical significance. Delve into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, mostly off the tourist trail.  Hear that the first skyscrapers in the world were built in Edinburgh, discover the identity of the local criminal who became the inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde, learn where the phrase "Black Market" came from, where Ebeneezer Scrooge is buried – yes, really – and how Edinburgh University worked closely with the serial killers Burke and Hare. Edinburgh’s history is long and fascinating, made even more special when told by our enthusiastic, passionate and local guide. 
Includes
  • Expert guide
  • Entry into Edinburgh's Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

    Select participants and date

    Participants

    Date

    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    • Meet opposite Starbucks at 124a High Street

    Open in Google Maps ⟶
    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Know before you go

    • Entry into the Underground involves walking down eight steps.
    • Please note that the minimum age for this tour is 5 years old.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 255 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.5/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.4/5
    • Organization
      4.3/5

    Sort by:

    Traveler type:

    Star rating:

    We didn’t realise that it was going to be such an extensive walking tour so didn’t have the most appropriate footwear. Although the guide, Hazel, was very knowledgeable, the size of the group meant that it was at times difficult to hear what she was saying or see what she was referring to. We felt that the vaults experience was overstated for what it actually was.

    Read more

    October 14, 2021

    Loved the tour. It helped show the history of Edinburgh that we wouldn’t have seen or known otherwise. We had our 5 and 8 year old daughters, who weren’t very willing participants, but ended up enjoying seeing the underground locations. The tour guide was very gracious for our family as part of the tour and we enjoyed the historical stories.

    Read more

    October 2, 2021

    This was an excellent tour from the very start with the man at the meeting point to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide Hazel. Would definitely recommend booking this up. Hazel tells her tales with such passion and helps you to really embrace the history and the people she talks about.

    September 15, 2021

    Organized by

    Product ID: 73775