Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 30.97 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore Edinburgh's infamous, dark past and the characters doomed to die and doomed to haunt the living on a guided walking tour. Visit the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate Graveyard.

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Duration 105 minutes
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  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
Full description

Descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults and hear the eerie history that lurks within on an evening walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow your guide through the narrow streets to the Canongate Graveyard.

Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past as your guide leads you through the ancient city towards the vaults. Submerge yourself in darkness in the unsettling Blair Street Underground Vaults and uncover the troubling tales of torture and murder.

Walk the dim streets to the Canongate graveyard and arrive at the resting place of the city’s most famous figures, including Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, lover of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, the 3rd Marquess of Queensberry and infamous cannibal of the Canongate.

Hear about their lives and the mark they left on the city, as well as the ghosts that haunt Edinburgh to this day. Don't miss a word your guide says with your radio receiver in hand.

  • Tour guide
  • Radio receiver (to hear the guide)
  • Entry to Blair Street Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    • Children under 18 years

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Mercat Cross. Look for the 8-sided monument with a white Unicorn on top. You will find the local partner's representative waiting there to check you in.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • You must be at least 18 years old to enjoy this tour
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round so please dress according to the weather
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 309 reviews

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    Our tour guide Margaret Ann was fascinating, she made it so enjoyable and I was drawn in to every one of her stories. Such interesting history that you might not ever learn elsewhere. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something to do in Edinburgh.

    March 31, 2023

    Fred was amazing, great storyteller and her English was amazing! Although we would love her to pronounce Edinburgh correctly, the small pieces of French inserted really made the experience come to life. She knew her stuff and was able to mix up the humour and frightening aspects of Scotland's history perfectly.

    March 31, 2023

    Good interesting tour by Mercat tours. Our tour guide Mark was very good at telling ghostly stories as well as giving us a little humour to lighten the mood. Also warned us of any trip hazards as well as giving us a historical insight into Edinburgh. Company provided audio gadgets which helped hearing the tour guide. Would recommend if your into ghostly tales and don't mind scary things.

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    March 31, 2023

    Product ID: 66534