Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 17.05 per person

Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this supposedly haunted location.

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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
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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 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 have been used over the years, the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents, and the spirits that are supposed to haunt them.

The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your 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 slightly more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

Includes
  • Tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Guide
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
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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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information ticket booth outside of the Bank of Scotland, located across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 4114 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Dear Freiser (don't worry, this review is good so we won't have to call you “Ross”) we hope you are reading this. We would like to tell you that you were an exceptional guide, your boss better not fire you ever because they need you more than you need them! Your humor and personality is incredible, we could spend the entire day listening to you through the city, with your curious stories and your unbeatable sense of humor. You made Edinburgh a wonderful place, you even made the vaults funny! and most of all, you put so much effort and energy into your work and the tour. It was a pleasure. We will repeat and recommend explicitly with you, so be prepared!!! Sincerely, the Spanish group (PD: make sure you show your mum this one!)

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June 30, 2022

Brilliant experience, the walk from the meeting point to the entry point of the tunnels was very informative and then linked to the tour of the vaults underground. Darren was a very informative and funny guide, offering lots of information and stories of the vaults with massive enthusiasm and audience interaction. He was also very reassuring to the audience whilst simultaneously maintaining an air of fear with the stories of haunting and the history of the vaults. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys history and/or ghost stories.

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June 25, 2022

Had a great time with my partner, who was visiting Scotland for the first time. Even though I’ve lived in Scotland my whole life I’ve never took a tour of the vaults in Edinburgh. It was fun to learn about the history, and the tour guide - Andrew - was fantastic at keeping the group engaged. There is so much to do in Edinburgh it can be overwhelming but I’d definitely recommend this tour.

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June 21, 2022

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