Guided tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 24.99 per person

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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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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 2897 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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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

Easy to book on mobile site,only difficulty was choosing which tour to go on ,found the meeting point very easily,we were given a device to hang around our neck with a pair of disposable headphones so we could hear our guides without any background noise, we started the tour at the meeting point,the guides Fred and Michael were excellent from the start,we had a couple of stops along the route to give a little bit of information .The vaults were very dark it took a couple of minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark after coming in from outside,the floors were quite uneven in places as you would imagine,we went into several rooms and were told about various people said to inhabit the areas,myself and my friends thought the tour was excellent,a must see.

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March 27, 2022

The experience overall was amazing, whilst down in the vaults I felt this constant chill as if someone was watching me, in the first room I could hear slight banging which sounded like it was coming from above I put this down to people walking around above us whilst I was down there but once I got out I spoke to my friend and they said they didn’t hear any type of banging, I then thought we’re underground there’s no way I would have been able to hear people above us.

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March 26, 2022

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