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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

From US$17.09
  • Visit vaults only accessible with a guide on an Edinburgh Old Town walking tour 
  • An atmospheric experience suitable for adults and kids alike 
  • Let your guide bring 300 years of history to life
  • Choose between two different departure times for your convenience 
  • Upgrade to include a special souvenir to take home with you
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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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No visit to Edinburgh is complete without descending to the South Bridge Vaults, home to more than 300 years of history. Escape the city’s icy winds on a historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town, both above and below ground. Explore excavated tunnels only accessible with a guide, and listen to commentary that brings the former residences to life. Choose between two different departure times, and upgrade to include a special souvenir.
What to Expect

Your tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an overview of Edinburgh’s rich history. After two stops above ground, descend to South Bridge Vaults and explore the tunnels by candlelight.

Learn about how the vaults came into fruition and listen to spine-chilling tales of death, disease, and body snatching by the infamous Burke and Hare. Plus, see relics abandoned by the former residents of the vaults.

The tour concludes in the Discovery Room. Here you can gain access to exhibits containing further information on the South Bridge Vaults.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
A bit underwhelming

Had looked forward to this trip..Too much chat before going into the vaults..and the vaults themselves were dissapointing..nothing like for example the ones under Waterloo Station in London..Its cramped underground un-even under foot..the candle light is meant to add atmosphere..but is just poor lighting...There is...More

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, thanks for your review - we make it clear that our tours are all about history & story. We believe it is very important to keep the vaults as they were discovered, without any additions (minimal electric light) & without any drama. Sorry to...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Would go again

This tour was one of the best things we did all weekend our guides (Margaret-Anne and Emma) we amazing! They made the tour flow so seamlessly and were so funny. It made the tour! I would of gone again if i could!

Thank NiNiS65
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much - this is such a great review to read. You are welcome to come back & join us again anytime you want. All the best, Jean

Reviewed 3 days ago
Exceptional guide and very interesting, historical tour

Nora, our guide, was truly outstanding. She armed herself with all the information required, answered all our questions and truly seemed to relish and share this history with all. With her sense of the dramatic she should surely be hosting the ghost tours too! Brilliant...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maralyn C
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Maralyn, thanks for joining us on our Edinburgh tour. There is a lot to share & a lot of history to love about Edinburgh, we delighted to share it with you! All the best, Jean

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Informative but spooky

I want to start by saying Nora was a fantastic tour guide! She knew all the right things to tell us and made it fun but knew when to make us jump. While the vaults were sufficiently spooky and made my chest tight and left...More

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi beckysW2720ZY, thanks so much for taking the time to send us your review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your time with Mercat Tours and I will certainly make sure Nora receives your kind words. If you fancy coming back and doing something above ground...keep hold...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Was a very informative intersesting tour.

The girl with pink hair - Atrtemis gave us a fantastic tour on 27/1/19, she has a fantastic story telling voice and way of drawing you in to the history of the surroundings. Myself, husband and 2 14 year olds were very taken with this...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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June 3, 2018|
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Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
No, this tour was not a haunted tour. The historical facts were more than entertaining enough.
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May 2, 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half