Guided tour

Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

4.7 / 5

11 reviews

Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

From US$ 23.50 per person

Learn about the creepy characters of yesterday, amidst Edinburgh's secret underground. Hear some unbelievable historical tales the whole family will enjoy, as you explore the cavernous underground of Edinburgh's Old Town.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Learn about the real history of Edinburgh
  • See artefacts found in Edinburgh’s secret underground
  • Enjoy a personal family friendly tour in a small group
  • Prepare to be spooked out with some real gruesome and often amusing stories
Full description
Hear tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on.  A daytime tour that will take you to some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including a visit to the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults. You’ll hear all about the creepy characters lurking in the past, and the hideous history of how people lived in 19th century Edinburgh. As you walk this city built on witch trials, body snatching and a gruesome past of torture, your expert guide will take you to the places where history lives. You will visit the winding closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Learn the meaning of "gardyloo" and hope you never hear it, grimace at the tales of Scottish witches and find out what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard (clue: it’s not gold and shiny). You’ll even hear what school children commonly packed in their school bags, other than their books. This was a time when living in overcrowded closes proved as frightful as the ghoulish apparitions.  Hear what jobs were available for younger members of society, and get a glimpse at what a family ‘home’ might look like. You’ll finish your excursion beneath the streets in the exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults, once frequented by some of Edinburgh’s less appealing characters. And possibly still is…
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • Small group experience
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at a safe distance
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You 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
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Mercat Cross, Palriament Square, EH1 1RF

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

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    • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 11 reviews

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    Amazing tour guide who was very friendly.

    This is the first time we went on a Mercat tour and it was so enjoyable. Our tour guide was lovely and had such a wealth of knowledge. We learnt so many interesting facts. It was a very interesting tour and well worth the price. The sovenir booklet we purchased was very well written. Would highly recommend this tour.

    July 26, 2018

    Naomi (or Rose which she joked about) was very knowledgable about the vaults and had the kids really interested in the story’s especially Jack the little boy and the cobbler. Well worth the money!! Sam, Izzy and Olly from Hull, England

    August 26, 2021

    Great tour for our family

    It was a very interesting tour for us as a family. First time undergournd with a great guide.

    August 22, 2019

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