Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

From $26.47 per person

Explore our infamous, dark past and the characters doomed to die and doomed to haunt the living. You'll visit both the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate Graveyard.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
Full description
Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults with access no other tour company can offer, then head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await. It might be something to do with the change in temperature. Or the perpetual darkness. Or the ever smaller rooms, stretching beyond the weak beam of a torch. Whatever the reason, there’s something unsettling about the Blair Street Underground Vaults – and your expert guide will reveal the troubling tales on this evening walking tour. Cannibals. Body snatchers. Deals with the Devil. And that’s before you even head underground. Torture. Murder. Hangings. And that’s just what went on in the vaults. A walk along dim streets to the Canongate graveyard will bring you to the resting place of the city’s most famous figures: Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, the lover of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate. 
Includes
  • Award-winning local storytellers.
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at a safe distance.
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults.
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    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 must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Please arrive here 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Look for the 8-sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our Visitor Services Team waiting here to check you in.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • You must be at least 18 years-old to enjoy this tour.
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round so please dress appropriately.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 / 5

    based on 210 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5
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    I took my best friend to Edinburgh for the night for her birthday and bought this tour as an extra surprise (we love that kind of thing). We all met at a set location for 7.30pm and the tour started right at that meeting point. You go from place to place and the host tells you the history of each location, covering topics such as witchcraft, body snatchers and ghost sightings. It was such a different experience to anything I’d done before and I would highly recommend it for couples, friends or family. I think it would scare younger children so I wouldn’t take them along. Most of the places we visited had really uneven ground so make sure you have sensible shoes on and also a warm jacket. The host really made all the difference to the experience and he was fantastic at his job! His character was perfect for the tour.

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    September 28, 2020

    Ana!!! What an amazing knowledgeable and creative guide! Very enjoyable tour of the eary closes of Edinburgh old town, down into the vaults where the hairs standing on my neck near removed themselves And then to finish the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh. I learned so much about Edinburgh’s history, both ghostly and historical. Definitely book this tour if you want a little scare and a lot of gory history!

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    March 5, 2020

    The whole experience was amazing, the tour guide Helena was informative and funny aswell as very knowledgeable on the topics of the tour. The Information and stories you are told is like nothing you would find out otherwise and the locations you visit are very interesting. Will definitely book another tour next time we are in the area.

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    March 4, 2020

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