Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

From US$ 18.67 per person

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

About this activity

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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

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 1-hour 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, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.

The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed 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 more paranormal and ghost stories. You will also visit our torture exhibition, to explore how and why these items were used.

Includes
  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Due to the damp nature of the location, suitable footwear should be worn
    • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 2634 reviews

    Review summary

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

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    A very informative and professional tour. I love history and Fraser our guide did not disappoint. He made everyone feel welcome by asking where we all came from.There was a good balance of humour and gory facts. I found out a lot about Edinburgh’s past that I hadn’t been aware of. I have trained to be a tour guide in Glasgow and realise that the two cities share a common history, ie people loved a good public execution in days gone by.

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    November 24, 2021

    Great experience! The tour was amazing and super interesting ( a bit creepy ). I discovered places I never knew about in Edinburgh ! Would totally recommend it ! Superbe expérience ! Le tour était est super intéressant ( et un peu flippant ) et j’ai découvert des endroits d’Édimbourg que je ne connaissais pas. Je recommande !

    November 23, 2021

    Fabulous experience and top tour guide Eilidh! Set the tour off with a bump in the dark and several bangs throughout the tour. Eilidh was a warm and welcoming host who could answer every random question swung at her! Defo recommend and would happily return, though will need to get a step ladder for that first step! Lol

    November 22, 2021

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