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Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

From US$ 24.74 per person

Go under the streets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile to hear terrifying ghost stories on a 75-minute tour of the Auld Reekie. See the infamous stone circle vault, and a horrifying torture exhibition. Wander the wynds and closes off the Royal Mile above ground.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Explore above and below Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Go to the underground vaults of Auld Reekie to hear horrifying ghost stories
  • Learn how instruments of torture were used
  • Discover the living conditions of the wynds and closes in days gone by
Full description
Join this 75-minute tour of Edinburgh for the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!
  • Visit a Torture Exhibition
  • Visit the hidden vaults below Edinburgh’s South Bridge
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    • Children under 18 years
    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
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The meeting point is at the tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. This meeting point is across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time of the tour.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Please note that these vaults can cause genuine stress. They are dark and claustrophobic, even before the stories start.
    • The tour is for over 18s only. Under 18s may be refused entry
    •  Entrance to the vaults is by a 2-foot-tall step. May not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
    Customer reviews

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    4.5 /5

    based on 196 reviews

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    The tour was incredible, from the guide to the historic accounts that she retold. Sophie was so engaging and helpful, and made the whole experience fun and interesting (and mega spooky!). We will definitely take the tour again next time we visit Edinburgh, and recommend anyone who loves a bit of history and scary stuff attends this tour. 11/10.

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    October 12, 2021

    This tour was fantastic. Our guide Anna was very knowledgeable and fun. The above ground part was paced well and the tourtière exhibit was incredibly detailed. I had no idea the vaults were so vast and Anna did a really good job of explaining why there were there and the ghost stories added an element of spooky ness.

    September 9, 2021

    Brilliant tour, thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't quite remember our tour guides name - maybe Darren? We went Saturday 10th July, 10pm. It was much scarier at a night time, you got to experience how they would of felt many years ago!! Would definitely recommend and would go again. Loved it. Thankyou!

    July 12, 2021

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