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Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Product ID: 15762
This is a chance to descend and discover our world famous Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city.
About this activity
Duration: 75 minutes
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the history of the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Hear how real people lived, and worked, in the Vaults
  • See, and touch, artefacts from 19th Century
  • Have a thrilling day with Scotland's first 5-star walking tour
Full description
The Story of the Underground

This is a chance to visit our Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city in the company of a Mercat historian. After sitting unexplored for two centuries, there are many questions waiting to be answered…Why were the Vaults built? When and who by? Who used the Vaults? When and why? How did they work, and play?

Your guide will recount their history, recall their stories and answer your questions during this glimpse into our past.
  • Ticket for 75-minute scheduled public history tour
  • Visit to Interpretation Centre

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, an 8-sided stone monument on the Royal Mile, next to St Giles Cathedral and opposite the City Chambers.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Video recording
Know before you go
Please dress for the weather wear appropriate footwear.

For health and safety reasons children under 5 years of age are not permitted on this underground tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 240 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Your guide was Brilliant. she took the time to make sure we could all hear and that everyone was in the space. perfect for the job . it was very interesting loads of info and history of old Edinburgh. very interesting and will be telling friends to go on it. thanks .

November 16, 2019

Eye opening

This well described talk and tour about the past of this great city was amazing. Even though the underground passages stood empty the excellent tour guide set the scenes for each part of the tour filling the air with gloom and despondency of what it must have been like living life underground in such a horrific time of history

August 21, 2018

I felt that there were too many people on this tour (30) to enjoy the experience in the confined spaces underground. The lighting was poor (just a few candles) and the uneven floor made walking hazardous and uncomfortable. The guides were friendly and informed though. There really wasn't much to see and I felt 30 minutes was stretched into 70 minutes. The strangest thing was on entering the first room I felt really faint and I had to fight it until we moved into the next room and the feeling just went, maybe I experienced more than I thought?

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August 9, 2018

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 15762