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Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Product ID: 47520
Join this tour in Edinburgh and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.
About this activity
Duration: 60 minutes
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  • 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
Full description
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 1-hour 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 been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them. The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area.

From your costumed 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 more paranormal and ghost stories. You will also visit our torture exhibition, to explore how and why these items were used.
  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Edinburgh Welcome and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Due to the damp nature of the location, suitable footwear should be worn
• 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

4.3 / 5

based on 1299 reviews

Review summary

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    4.2 / 5
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    4.5 / 5
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I have enjoyed the Underground Vault tour with the guide name; Patrice so much. I received scary but resourceful experiences here both above and below the city. Patrice is incredibly integrated her acting skill with history knowledge for entertaining me. I recommend everyone to take this tour once in a lifetime!

14 March 2020

Interesting tour, a nice mix of history with some spooky stories though would perhaps have like to have a little more history thrown in. A good length of time - you don't spend the whole time in the vaults, you get some history as you walk through the streets from your meeting place to the vaults which I liked. The guide was lovely and knowledgeable, but a little over-the-top at times.

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9 March 2020

Euan was a fantastic tour guide , putting us at ease and making us giggle with his banter at the start of the tour. The tour itself was very informative and interesting with a good dose of scariness! Makes you realise how lucky we are to live in modern times !

9 March 2020

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Auld Reekie Tours

Product ID: 47520