Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

From $22.34 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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  • 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
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Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh 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 on cobblestone streets. 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.
  • Guided tour
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Headsets to hear guide better
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
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    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
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    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

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      based on 2725 reviews

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      You first get a little bit of history about the Mercat, closes and what Edinburgh was like back in the day. You then head down into the dark eery vaults. No ghosties or spooks saw this time but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. This was my first time at the Blair street vaults and mercattours are definitely the ones to book with!

      July 10, 2021

      Really really really good experience. Fun and spooky, a little more gruesome than I expected but only in moments. Meeting point was easy to find and get to and we were thoroughly guided. Mark our guide obviously absolutely born story teller. Really captivated us and kept things flowing great! Nothing was ever too spooky too long and a little bit of humour kept us onside. Many thanks Mark and co. Great evening experience!!!

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      June 30, 2021

      The tour guide called Jarrad was amazing and really made the tour exciting and interesting! He deserves a special mention as he was very polite and really made the tour memorable! I would definitely return to see if I have a paranormal experience next time as didn’t personally this time but still found it really interesting!

      June 13, 2021

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