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Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Product ID: 66498
Hear about bloody plots, treason and torture, secret lives, horrific deaths, and tormented souls. On this 60-minute guided tour you’ll get an unsettling introduction to Edinburgh’s unsavory past as you explore the Blair Street underground vaults.
About this activity
Duration: 60 minutes
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  • Discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Go deep underground at the Blair Street underground vaults
  • Learn about murderers, prostitutes, and torturers from your local guide
Full description
This 60-minute adults-only tour is a chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark. Head underground for an unsettling introduction to the city’s unpleasant past.

These tales are not fit for the glare of daylight or for telling to those under 18. Your guide will share true stories of sinister misdeeds and terrible consequences, starting aboveground around the wynds and closes of the Old Town.

You'll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture, and secret lives that led to horrific deaths and tormented souls.

To delve deeper, head to the Blair Street underground vaults, where there’s definitely an unsettling feeling. Your expert Mercat guide will tell you troubled tales as you continue this terrifying walking tour. Expect true stories of murder and hangings, all of which took place in these very vaults.

There’s evidence of life in the distant past, lurking just beyond the faint beam of your guide’s flashlight.
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Meeting point

The Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1RF. The cross is by St. Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Video recording
Know before you go
The minimum age to join this tour is 18 years.

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 208 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Fun, good guide

This was the one hour tour. The guide, Mark, was very well versed in the stories and had a flair for the dramatic. There are fortunately no staged jump-scared. The parts of the vaults that are accessible to the audience of this touring company is but 4/5 rooms. So the actual walk through is roughly the half of the tour.

August 6, 2018

This was a fantastic experience!! Not only does it provide a history lesson on some of Edinburgh’s old legends but our tour guide, Artemis, was quite skilled at making us terrified without actually doing anything to us. Not gonna spoil anything, as this is something best experienced without knowing too much about it, but if you enjoy the thrill of fear, definitely consider this one!!

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October 24, 2017

Great tour!

Loved the tour, the stories and atmosphere were great and very spooky! Our guide was amazing and very knowledgable, I can't remember her name but it was a strange name and she was short and had short blonde hair, skinny build. She definitely deserves a lot of credit because she really made the tour a lot scarier and brought the stories to life. 10/10

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October 15, 2017

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 66498