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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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12pm Vaults Tour
Tour departs from outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile at 12pm.
9pm Vaults Tour
Tour departs from outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
7pm Vaults Tour
Tour departs from outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
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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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Good guides and interesting stories

The guides are well prepared to answer your questions, and are very good at telling stories. The vaults can be warm and are dark, so be prepared for this. They are also very short, so those on the taller side need to be prepared to...More

1  Thank taylorashby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great guide and great tour

The tour guide made a great historic introduction to the context of the tour. We were lucky because we had a very small group, which allow us to explore in a more quiet environment. I say lucky because at least we can say that we...More

Thank Neo P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic glance into a horrible history

Our guide, Sven, was absolutely amazing and told very eerie stories in the old vaults under the south bridge, would go again for sure!

1  Thank Þröstur S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Waste of money

I’m sad to write this review. This tour was recommended to us and after waiting excitedly we almost didn’t bother at all. Our tour guide seemed genuinely uninterested and tried to make us come back for a later time to convenience herself. She kept saying...More

1  Thank xxkacxx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely waste of money.

I want to start off saying that I absolutely LOVE guided tours and history and all that comes with it. I’ve taken part in many many tours all over the world and never have I ever had such a TERRIBLE guided tour. I feel that...More

Thank Tamara S
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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