Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 17.49 per person

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 scary place.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
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This vaults 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, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented 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 more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

Includes
  • 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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Participants

Date

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 3820 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Well structured trip with an informative insight into life within and without the vaults led and told with vigour and drama from our host Meghan. Plenty of drama and gruesome facts and figures leading your imagination and wanting to find out more. ‘Thou she be wee, she be fierce’. Highly entertaining!

May 20, 2022

Great experience, highly recommend. Our guide Andrew was brilliant and he really made the tour with his enthusiasm and great story telling. My only advice would be maybe don't attempt this after a few drinks the night before. I had a funny turn once we were down in the vaults as not a lot of fresh air down there, was very nearly sick but managed to hold it together. Thoroughly recommend this tour though, was very interesting and great to find out the history of what went on in days gone by.

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May 12, 2022

Fantastic tour! There are a lot of them to choose from but this one you can feel confident that it will be great. Well, at least if you have Fraser as your guide. He did a great job story-telling, mixing in ghoulish folklore and legends with somber and empathetic telling of history and a good dash of humor. I felt like we learned a lot, felt a lot, and had fun. The vaults are interesting as well as disconcerting, and you may actually be tempted to do more than one tour just to spend more time down there.

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May 9, 2022

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