Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Activity provider:Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Activity provider:Mercat Tours
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From US$ 31.14 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the dark history of old Edinburgh on a guided city walking tour. Follow your cloaked guide into the city’s underground vaults and share haunted tales over a drink in a candle-lit cellar.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy an entertaining look at Edinburgh’s ghoulish past
  • Hear dramatic stories about the city’s gruesome history
  • Descend into the famous, haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy a small group tour with a live, Award-winning, English-speaking guide
  • Use devices provided for a more immersive storytelling experience
Full description

Journey into Edinburgh’s ghostly past and uncover the secrets behind each turn on a guided walking tour. Descend into the underground vaults and finish your tour with a drink in an atmospheric candle-lit cellar. Hear the troubling tales of Edinburgh's past from your guide, from the bloody crimes to the unsettled spirits that roam the city. Visit the shadowy corners of old Edinburgh that many say are haunted. Descend into the famously haunted Blair Street underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still cling to this day. Learn about the dark history of the vaults before finishing your tour with a drink and some storytelling in an atmospheric, candle-lit cellar.

  • A complimentary local drink (whisky, beer, or soft drink)
  • Entry to the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Guide
  • TourTalk devices and headphones
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Start your tour at the Mercat Cross, an octagonal stone monument on the Royal Mile, opposite the City Chambers. You can find it using postcode EH1 1RF.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • 50% discount until February 18 as part of VisitScotland Days Out scheme
  • For health and safety reasons, this tour is unable to allow children under 5 years of age on any underground tours
  • Your choices of drink are whisky, a glass of lager, or soft drink

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1954 reviews

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We enjoyed the walk outside. The part about torture at the beginning was a bit long for me. The rest was very interesting, the part in the vault especially. Thank you for thinking about the people who don't drink alcool. Our guide was very funny, I sadly don't remember her name.

May 14, 2023

What a fun tour!! Michael was incredibly engaging, informative, and had great stories. I learned so much about Edinburgh's history and the wild architecture that gives the city it's magical feel. This tour was delightfully over the top and just the right amount of spooky. My only mistake was not realizing the vaults and dungeons are two separate places. I would have booked BOTH tours!

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May 2, 2023

Michael was so bloody entertaining. what an amazing guide. story teller.. scholar.. and entertaining gent! I was absolutely hooked on his performance and tall tales of paranormal history and punishments . my partner "volunteered" (I might of pushed him into it ! ) and had an amazing time too. please I urge you to try a mercat tour while visiting the royal mile / vaults.

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March 29, 2023

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