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$ 24.55 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)
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4.5 /5

based on 3173 reviews

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It was an amazing experience, we have a friend visiting Scotland and we chose this tour, best decision ever, Fred was a great guide that told the story in a way we could see exactly what she wanted us to imagine, she created such a great atmosphere we felt we were back in those days. Merci beaucoup, Fred, le tour a été génial! À la prochaine :) Thank you very much!

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February 21, 2023

Throughly enjoyed our Ghostly tour with our teenage daughter and Veni our guide really made the experience informative spooky & fun. Although no apparitions seen on our visit it was great way to experience a bit of subterranean history of Edinburgh. Only one niggle the group of 17 we thought was quite large and we could also hear a second group behind us. All that considered I would throughly recommend Mercat Tours.

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February 20, 2023

We went last Wednesday night and we were the only ones on the tour with Michael. He was enthusiastic, and very good at telling the stories. I don’t believe or should say didn’t believe in ghosts but after seeing two spirits I am shocked. Totally recommend and when I come back to Edinburgh I will be going again. Thank you Michael for everything

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February 18, 2023

Product ID: 15767