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Mercat Tours

#19 of 191 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 5445
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10:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!'

We're...

'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!'

We're a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh's stories. We're the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality.

With a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we'll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history.

We promise:

- Guaranteed departures, daily, year round

- The smallest group size in the city

- Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults

- 'Family business' customer care

Join us to visit:

- Exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults

- Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse

- Tours daytime and evening

- Historical and ghostly

Please get in touch and we'll help you choose the right tour for you.

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Brilliant tour

As a group we decided to book the historical underground vaults tour. The tour was fantastic and I would really recommend. Our tour guide was Margaret who was very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a group we decided to book the historical underground vaults tour. The tour was fantastic and I would really recommend. Our tour guide was Margaret who was very friendly and informative. There were probably around 30 people on the tour and Margaret made sure she spoke to every group to welcome them to the tour. We learnt a load... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on the Night Ghostly and Gouls tour. It was great. We thought the vaults would be scarier. But the tour itself was. Great. Our Guide Stephanie was excellent. Very Captivating and enthusiastic. She really got you involved in the gruesome and intriguing history or Edinburgh. Definitely recommend it.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and a friend really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide annedine was so lovely and a great story teller.

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Thank kmooseyyy
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. Great to hear that the two of you enjoyed your tour with Amandine so much. I'll make sure to let her know as well. Do keep in touch via Twitter and/or Facebook. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great guide who took us on a walk through time along the royal mile and into the castle. Great way to skip the queue for the castle.

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Thank Jean C
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your 5 star review. Joining our "Secrets of the Royal Mile" Tour is definitely the best way to beat the queues at Edinburgh Castle. Hope you learned a lot about Edinburgh's fascinating history. Do visit us again if you can and keep your ticket for your £2 returner discount. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent scary tour of the vaults with guide Heather. Would highly like recommend this to others visiting the city!

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Thank daisydigges
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review and the recommendation. We never advertise as being scary but it's obviously still great to hear that we scared you. Hope you got a good night's sleep after the tour. Do keep in touch via Twitter and/or Facebook. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been a great experience!!! And the guide (Marta) was fantastic! Incredible place and a lot of stories!! Fantastic!!

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MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your 5 star review. Great to hear that you enjoyed your "Misterios de Ultratumba" tour with Marta that much. I'll make sure to let her know as well. Do visit us again if you can and keep your ticket for your £2 returner discount. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our guide Gillian (!) was engaging and knowledgeable. The tour was great fun, both for those of us in the group who had read the Outlander series, as well as for those who hadn't. She shared a lot of general historical information, and also showed us places mentioned in the book that we could never have found otherwise, since they... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on the 730 tour Saturday evening with Andrew as our guide and it was brilliant! I had both my children with me (11 and 12) and was a little concerned that it might be too much for them, although they had both done Marys Close the year before. Andrew was a fantastic tour guide. He was brilliant at... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's well put on and entertaining but not scary n any way. The tour guides are ok, don't dress up in fancy gear to try and scare you. It's all good fun, a good way to see Edinburgh beneath the streets, how it was hundreds of years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on the group tour with my girlfriend. Our guide Laura was very knowledgeable and told the ghost stories so well! Going into the vaults had a haunting atmosphere and the stories were still quite chilling despite not being the 18+ tour. Really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely look to do another tour when we're back in Edinburgh!

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