Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

From $22.70 per person

Go on a thrilling ghost tour of Edinburgh's Old Town that takes you underground to the Edinburgh Vaults. Join your cloaked guide on a journey to reveal the ghostly, unsettling, dark history of the city's past and its people.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided tour through Edinburgh's Old Town, as you are told tales of its ghostly past
  • Enjoy the picturesque walk through cobblestone streets
  • Venture into the underground haunted vaults of the city
  • Hear the history of the area that once housed the slums and red-light district of Edinburgh
  • Listen as your cloaked guide shares the gory details of the crime and horror that once plagued the city
Full description
Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh Vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile on cobblestone streets. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Next, make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the underground, consider yourself lucky that it isn't in the dead of night.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Headsets to hear guide better
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Overall rating

    4.5 / 5

    based on 2707 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
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    This tour was definitely worth it. Lauren was a fantastic story teller and it was a great way to see the vaults. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of Edinburgh, and the vaults were an added bonus. I wasn't sure if the tour would still be running with COVID restrictions happening, but it was and it was done in a COVID safe way! If you are looking for something fun to do in Edinburgh look no futher.

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    May 3, 2021

    Thanks to Lara our group had a well informed and eerie experience, Lara set the tone well and her stories were really good. The vaults were brilliant to see and it was great to get an insight into the history of this area at that time. Covid restrictionists well well adhered to and didn’t detract at all from our tour. Would highly recommend this tour and would like to thank Lara for making it that bit extra special

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    October 16, 2020

    Had Hes as tour guide and she was amazing, the energy and atmosphere she was able to create was incredible! The stories were really interesting, Hes was very knowledgeable about a variety of paranormal activities and was well worth the experience. The vaults were spooky and was a very enjoyable experience overall.

    March 12, 2020

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