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Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Product ID: 33266
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 - 90 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

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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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 68 reviews

Review summary

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    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Interesting and eerie!

The guide was amusing and patient considering there were two people in our group that clearly weren’t interested in the experience and to an extent somewhat ruined it for others. The information given was dark and enlightening. We enjoyed hearing the stories about the people who had lived in the underground vaults many years ago.

10 April 2019

I think his name was Ewan, but the tour guide made the tour fun, educational and energetic and engaging. I felt the history itself is so interesting but the tour guide brought another kind of personal touch by really discussing and highlighting the conditions and lives of people who lived in these vaults!

16 October 2018

Amazing well worth it

Me and the Mrs wanted to go on one of theses and found there's loads to choice from, after ready few reviews we picked this one and we where so happy we did. The guide was really good knew alot and was interesting and funny, the tour was so good that next time we go to Edinburgh we'll do this tour again! If you want to do a vault tour do this one yoy won't regret it at all

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13 February 2017

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Auld Reekie Tours

Product ID: 33266