Guided tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

From US$ 23.36 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
  • Take a guided tour through Edinburgh's Old Town, as you are told tales of its ghostly past
  • Enjoy the picturesque walk through cobblestone streets
  • Venture into the underground haunted vaults of the city
  • 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

Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. 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. Next, 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
  • Guided tour
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Headsets to hear guide better
    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, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

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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 2791 reviews

    Review summary

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

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    The Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour was a great experience and pretty unique. Our guide, Naomi, did a wonderful job and her delivery of Edinburgh's history and ghostly tales was brilliant and helped to make the experience. The vaults themselves are a little uneven under foot in places but we were warned and you can use your own phone torches etc if desired, although the vaults are lit with candlelight. I liked the fact that nothing was particularly fabricated on the tour - it was an authentic experience.

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    October 11, 2021

    Really enjoyed the tour. The guide Scott brought the stories of Edinburgh's history to life, and the tour was a good blend of interesting historical facts, such as how the vaults came to be and how they were used, along with human interest tales of colourful characters (and ghosts!). Very pleased we booked a tour, and would certainly recommend.

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    September 12, 2021

    Fred our Guide was Exellent in her explanation of the Vaults and history around them for me not enough time in the Vaults not worth the money as it states a tour of the vaults more time was spent on the surface and not in the Vaults if you want a little history lesson without the scary bits then this is the tour for you.

    August 19, 2021

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