Guided tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 24.27 per person

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Go on a thrilling ghost tour of Edinburgh's Old Town that takes you underground to the Edinburgh Vaults. Join your cloaked guide on a journey to reveal the ghostly, unsettling, dark history of the city's past and its people.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Benefit from 50% discount until 18 February with VisitScotland's Days Out scheme
  • Take a guided tour through Edinburgh's Old Town, as you are told tales of its ghostly past
  • Enjoy a picturesque walk through cobblestone streets and underground haunted vaults
  • Hear the history of the area that once housed the slums and red-light district of Edinburgh
  • Listen as your cloaked guide shares the gory details of the crime and horror that once plagued the city
Full description

Explore Edinburgh's ghostly past on a guided tour through the streets of the Old Town and its underground vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile.

If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually, the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the underground, consider yourself lucky that it isn't in the dead of night.

  • Entry to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Guided tour
  • Headsets to hear the guide
  • Food and drink
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
  • 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 the Mercat Cross monument located on High Street in Edinburgh.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 2957 reviews

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Our guide, Maeve (I think) was absolutely fabulous! She made the tour fun & entertaining. She was excellent. The issue is that there is just not a ton of content. Interesting to see the underground vaults & learn a little bit. Glad we did it but it didn’t blow me away.

July 11, 2022

If you're looking for good ghost stories and are up to experience some chills down your spine, then this is definitely the right tour for you while in Edinburgh. Since the very first second I entered the underground vaults, I've experienced a deep sense of oppression in my chest, feeling unwanted by the presence of disembodied entities that obviously cannot find peace after centuries. The experience itself is unique and the darkness of the vaults makes everything even more suggestive. Scott, our guide, is definitely the best ghost story teller, it seemed like he knew his way to the Vaults like his own pockets, and still, there were some rooms he would avoid to enter completely (he would stand by the entrance) because trust me, not every spirit down there is exactly a friendly one. This is an experience that I will never forget. I am grateful I made it out of the Underground Vaults safe and sound.

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June 20, 2022

From start to finish, the experience was incredible. Our tour guide Madge, did a fantastic job of telling the history and horrors that occurred in the town of Edinburgh and making our way towards the underground vaults. The experience I endured down in the underground vaults was something I never experienced before. I heard what seems to be loud banging coming from above us while being three storeys below the city and it was just the beginning of the tour around the vaults. The same experience occurred again in a vault not far from the first two vaults we entered and it was surreal. Another experience I endured as well and others in the vault, was a gentle swift of cold air running across the vault. It was certainly chilling and there was feeling of a presence that made itself known as we were guided by Madge. I do recommend this to anyone who is fascinated or have a interest in the paranormal. I will definitely will be making a return for this tour in the future.

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May 10, 2022

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