Guided tour

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 22.09 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 late-night tour of Edinburgh to discover 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!

  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition
  • Entry to the vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge
  • Guide
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years
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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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Ticket Booth/Police Box. This is located outside of the Bank of Scotland, which is on the opposite side of the road to 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

Know before you go

  • The experience offered may be distressing to some
  • Under 18s may be refused entry
  •  Entrance to the vaults is by a 2-foot-tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  •  Please do not arrive late as the guide will not wait for latecomers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 418 reviews

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Amazing!!! We absolutely loved this and would highly recommend. Great fun and definitely worth it. Our guide was named Fraser, he had a great sense of humour and made it a great atmosphere. You can tell he is really passionate about what he does. Great knowledge of Edinburgh! Thanks Fraser

June 10, 2022

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening walk through Edinburgh to the vaults. The tour highlighted some great historically correct information from a nonstandard perspective injected with humour. Our tour guide, Fraser, was knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed showing us and sharing with us the “underbelly” of this wonderfully interesting city. Highly recommended way to spend an evening, thank you.

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April 23, 2022

Frasier was a gem of a tour guide, knowledgeable, passionate, and expertly crafted tension with his stories at all the right points to still leave us laughing at the end. I would hugely recommend this tour to history lovers and anyone who's interested in things that go bump in the night...

April 15, 2022

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