Guided tour

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 24.53 per person

This is a chance to descend and discover our world famous Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city.

About this activity

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide


  • Explore the history of the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Hear how real people lived, and worked, in the Vaults
  • See, and touch, artefacts from 19th Century
  • Have a thrilling day with Scotland's first 5-star walking tour
  • Enjoy a 50% discount on this tour until February 18, 2022
Full description
The Story of the Underground This is a chance to visit our Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city in the company of a Mercat historian. After sitting unexplored for two centuries, there are many questions waiting to be answered…Why were the Vaults built? When and who by? Who used the Vaults? When and why? How did they work, and play? Your guide will recount their history, recall their stories and answer your questions during this glimpse into our past.
  • Shared or private tour (depending on option selected)
  • Visit to Interpretation Centre
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at a safe distance
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street 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
    • 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

    Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, an 8-sided stone monument on the Royal Mile, next to St Giles Cathedral and opposite the City Chambers.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Tours operate rain or shine
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 272 reviews

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    Your guide was Brilliant. she took the time to make sure we could all hear and that everyone was in the space. perfect for the job . it was very interesting loads of info and history of old Edinburgh. very interesting and will be telling friends to go on it. thanks .

    November 16, 2019

    Eye opening

    This well described talk and tour about the past of this great city was amazing. Even though the underground passages stood empty the excellent tour guide set the scenes for each part of the tour filling the air with gloom and despondency of what it must have been like living life underground in such a horrific time of history

    August 21, 2018

    I felt that there were too many people on this tour (30) to enjoy the experience in the confined spaces underground. The lighting was poor (just a few candles) and the uneven floor made walking hazardous and uncomfortable. The guides were friendly and informed though. There really wasn't much to see and I felt 30 minutes was stretched into 70 minutes. The strangest thing was on entering the first room I felt really faint and I had to fight it until we moved into the next room and the feeling just went, maybe I experienced more than I thought?

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    August 9, 2018

    Product ID: 15762