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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • Get access to the fascinating and rarely visited Edinburgh Vaults
  • Enter a sinister underground world beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Travel back to the 18th century, when crime and disease ruled the city
Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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60 minute tour to our Vaults below South Bridge.
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The Edinburgh Vaults, one of the city’s most fascinating sights, can only be accessed on a tour. This one focuses exclusively on the vaults, an underground warren below South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step inside with a local guide who’ll reveal tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh, grisly stories from the city’s dark past, and lead you to a hidden witchcraft temple.

What to Expect

Greet your guide on the Royal Mile and escape the tourist trail to discover Edinburgh’s deepest secrets on this underground walking tour through the Edinburgh Vaults. These infamous vaults fill all 19 arches of South Bridge in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. As you walk, you’ll learn the hideous conditions in which Edinburgh’s poorer citizens lived during the 18th century.

Descend into the dark, dank vaults and learn what it was like to live in the darkness—and which criminals sought their prey there. You’ll explore candlelit Niddry’s Wynd, visit a witchcraft temple with a haunted stone circle, and brave the Haunted Vault, where a myriad mysterious events have occurred.

Reviews (94)
1 - 5 of 58 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fascinating and scary

Tour guide Tuesday was knowledgeable and looked after us well. The tour was quite scary and may not be suitable for those with a nervous disposition! Reasonably priced and enjoyable in a scary sort of way.

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Very interesting tour. Scary though!

Enjoyed hearing about the history of the vaults, am not normally claustrophobic but a combo of the ghost story type information and also the dark definitely had me feeling a bit freaked out! Tour guide was Euan, very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy his job....More

Thank StephanieW3866
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Guide was kind and knowledgeable enough, but there wasn’t enough material to make the tour interesting. It was icky, drippy, hot, and smelly. Couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Thank DawnTags909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Interesting historical walk

I went on the underground walking with my partner and brother. Our guide Sven was great, really informative and questions we had he knew the answers too. The tour was informative. My brother and partner don’t believe in ghost but at one point even they...More

Thank Bella161068
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Good value for money

The tour lasted about 50 minutes and i think it was good value for the price. Our guide was a brilliant story teller and it was very interesting to explore a part of the vaults.

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April 4, 2018|
Response from Darren C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, to my knowledge the answer to this is NO. I think the way the tour is structured it's not really appropriate for dogs