Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

From US$ 19.80 per person

Join this tour in Edinburgh and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.

About this activity

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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
Full description
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 1-hour 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 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 costumed 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. You will also visit our torture exhibition, to explore how and why these items were used.
Includes
  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 precautions

    Customers 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
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Edinburgh Welcome and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Due to the damp nature of the location, suitable footwear should be worn
    • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
    • Note that the indoor sections of the tour are 1 metre physical distancing areas
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 / 5

    based on 1472 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7 / 5
    • Value for money
      4.2 / 5
    • Service
      4.5 / 5
    • Organization
      4.4 / 5
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    Had to swop to an evening tour at no extra charge which was fine with me and was communicated to me in quick succession via the tour guide and GYG. The tour taken by Anna was amazing she was very informative, friendly and answered all questions regarding the vaults, graveyards and the dark side of Edinburgh. As a smaller group I feel she went out her way to make it a great experience for us all just a shame I wasn't able to tip at the end as it was worth much more than what I paid for the tour. Definite must DO, if you come to Edinburgh. Thankyou

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    December 18, 2020

    Tuesday our tour guide was outstanding. She was a very humorous and knowledgeable guide which added so much more to the experience. All in all, I’d highly recommend this tour. I went on the one hour tour and wished I had done the longer one now! Thank you again Tuesday!!!

    October 25, 2020

    Anna ( our host) was very good at what she does. She explained things in a sequence and it all made sense at the end. There was lack of content that made me give 4 stars and has nothing to do with how host explained it. A must try atleast once

    October 19, 2020

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