Guided tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 24.63 per person

Likely to sell out

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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  • Discover devices that provide a more immersive storytelling experience
  • Take a guided tour through Edinburgh's Old Town, as you are told tales of its ghostly past
  • Get exclusive access to our Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy an award-winning, live, English-speaking guide
  • Get an intimate experience with a small group walking tour
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Explore Edinburgh's ghostly past on a guided tour through the streets of the Old Town and its underground 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.

If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. 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.

  • Award-winning, live, English-speaking guide
  • Entry to the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Devices provided for a more immersive storytelling experience
  • Small group walking tour
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meet at the Mercat Cross monument located on High Street in Edinburgh.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

based on 3177 reviews

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Michael was a charismatic and comical tour guide. He especially knows how to engage with his audience through his vivid descriptions of the historical happenings within the Underground Vaults. Also, he challenges his audience by asking them questions about certain phenomena within the vaults, which makes the experience even more exciting. I genuinely enjoyed this unforgettable tour.

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December 11, 2022

So much better than I expected. I thought it was going to be abit like going to London dungeons and things will pop out on you but real life stories get told and some history facts. Our guide I think his name was Micheal was very into character and informative. Highly recommend. Thank you

November 28, 2022

The walking ghost tour with Linda our guide and narrator was great fun. Linda was not only engaging and theatrical, but exceptionally knowlegable, which added to the ambiance of the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, it made our visit to Edinburgh much more memorable.

November 11, 2022

Product ID: 15767