Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 30.66 per person

Explore Edinburgh's infamous, dark past and the characters doomed to die and doomed to haunt the living on a guided walking tour. Visit the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate Graveyard.

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Duration 105 minutes
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  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
Full description

Descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults and hear the eerie history that lurks within. Follow your guide through narrow streets to the Canongate graveyard, on a guided evening walking tour. Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past as your guide leads you through the ancient city towards the vaults. Submerge yourself in darkness in the unsettling Blair Street Underground Vaults and uncover the troubling tales of torture and murder. Walk the dim streets to the Canongate graveyard and arrive at the resting place of the city’s most famous figures, including Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, the lover of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, the 3rd Marquess of Queensberry and infamous cannibal of the Canongate. 

Hear about their lives and the mark they left on the city, as well as the ghosts that haunt Edinburgh to this day. Don't miss a word your guide says with your radio receiver in hand.

  • Tour guide
  • Radio receiver (to hear the guide)
  • Entry to Blair Street Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    • Children under 18 years
    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
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Mercat Cross. Look for the 8-sided monument with a white Unicorn on top. You will find the local partner's representative waiting there to check you in.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • You must be at least 18 years old to enjoy this tour
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round so please dress according to the weather
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 250 reviews

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    Good interesting tour by Mercat tours. Our tour guide Mark was very good at telling ghostly stories as well as giving us a little humour to lighten the mood. Also warned us of any trip hazards as well as giving us a historical insight into Edinburgh. Company provided audio gadgets which helped hearing the tour guide. Would recommend if your into ghostly tales and don't mind scary things.

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    March 18, 2022

    This tour was great our guide was knowledgeable and his voice was perfect, he grabbed my attention from the get go, all the stories gave me goose bumps and was a nice walka round, nothing strenuous, the underground vaults were interesting a little dark so be prepared definitely need trainers or walking boots! Really enjoyed it would recommend for those who don't like things too scary but want a little history tour with some cool stories

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    August 13, 2021

    I took my best friend to Edinburgh for the night for her birthday and bought this tour as an extra surprise (we love that kind of thing). We all met at a set location for 7.30pm and the tour started right at that meeting point. You go from place to place and the host tells you the history of each location, covering topics such as witchcraft, body snatchers and ghost sightings. It was such a different experience to anything I’d done before and I would highly recommend it for couples, friends or family. I think it would scare younger children so I wouldn’t take them along. Most of the places we visited had really uneven ground so make sure you have sensible shoes on and also a warm jacket. The host really made all the difference to the experience and he was fantastic at his job! His character was perfect for the tour.

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    September 28, 2020

    Product ID: 66534