Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
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Booked 45 times yesterday

Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this supposedly haunted location.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
Full description

This guided walking tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents, and the spirits that are supposed to haunt them.

The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover slightly more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

  • Tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Guide
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information ticket booth outside of the Bank of Scotland, located across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Single floor spiral staircase at entrance/exit of vaults and further small sections of stairs inside
  • Filming or live streaming of the tour is strictly forbidden
  • Tour without Torture Exhibition suggested suitable for ages 5+
  • Tour with Torture Exhibition suggested suitable for ages 12+
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 4967 reviews

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It was incredible! Our guide Marcus was amazing! We had so much fun! Marcus is funny, knowledgeable, charming and so invested! We were actually sad that the tour was over. We learned alot, had a laugh and also got some scary vibes for the evening! Duration was around 1 hour - part outside, part in the vaults. Definitely would recommend!:) Such a good way to spend your evening in Edinburgh! Thank you, Marcus! We had a blast!

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November 18, 2022

Just finished our tour with Marcus showing us around the Royal Mile and then onto the underground vaults of Edinburgh. Would highly recommend this tour and Marcus was a superb guide even making sure we had dry spots in the pouring rain!! Very informative and would 100% recommend to go for a quick hour tour!

November 17, 2022

It was very entertaining and also educational at the same time. I’ve enjoyed visiting vaults and hearing about the tragic and scary stories, especially about the witches residing there in the past. Out tour guide Josh was awesome, I’ve enjoyed hearing him talking with passion (and respect!) about the place. Would highly recommend for everyone looking for both some history and a bit of a spooky thrill.

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November 16, 2022

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