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$ 23.77 per person

Likely to sell out

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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  • Discover devices that provide a more immersive storytelling experience
  • Take a guided tour through Edinburgh's Old Town, as you are told tales of its ghostly past
  • Get exclusive access to our Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy an award-winning, live, English-speaking guide
  • Get an intimate experience with a small group walking tour
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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.

  • Award-winning, live, English-speaking guide
  • Entry to the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Devices provided for a more immersive storytelling experience
  • Small group walking tour
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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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 3077 reviews

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Our guide Frédérique was excellent. A great story teller and clearly loves her job. The vaults were fascinating but the stories she told regarding the city and the hardships of the people really made the tour. Definitely worth experiencing this tour. The street performers before the tour at The Mercat Cross were great while we were waiting for the tour to start.

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October 26, 2022

Super friendly people. Our guide was able to tell very well, and also slowly and accentuated so that it was understandable for me in English. After a short stay outdoors, we went to the 'catacombs'. However, that was only a small tour, which was interesting from the location. But then it was only backed up by scary stories and actual circumstances. Real goosebumps didn't come up - there weren't any effects (even small ones). The skeleton that can be seen in the description of the tour is the only one... That was a bit of a shame for me.

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September 21, 2022

A good little tour where you get to see an exclusive vault, that's where you really get your money's worth. It's a bit of a shame that the time constraints doesn't allow for questions, as I had many. At least we couldn't ask questions when I was there. Guide was very good and funny.

September 17, 2022

Product ID: 15767