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Mercat Tours

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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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I came to Edinburgh for a long weekend with my boyfriend and we decided to book a Mercat tour to go into the underground vaults. Our guide, Laura, was absolutely fabulous - a ball... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I came to Edinburgh for a long weekend with my boyfriend and we decided to book a Mercat tour to go into the underground vaults. Our guide, Laura, was absolutely fabulous - a ball of energy and full of great stories about how Edinburgh was built, the experience of living in the closes and what it was like for the... More 

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

We did a couple of tours with Mercat back in Aug 2015. I have to say they are a lot of fun. It's incredible what you learn of life down underneath street level. Definitely wear sensible footwear, it's dark down there! Guides are both knowledgeable and funny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After much anticipation my friend and I finally explored the Edinburgh vaults with Mercat Tour guide Simon on the 20:00 tour. Simon lead us though the city and eventually three stories underground, all while brilliantly explaining all the past horrors that has occurred in the city. This tour had so much to offer as far as history and scare. Thanks... More 

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1 Thank Grace J
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We entered to vaults, underneath Blair Street where Simon showed us around. It was very interesting to hear what went on under the streets of old Edinburgh town.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd rather buy a hamster and throw it in the leven than pay for this again. Tour itself was nothing, round a small basement that wasn't creepy at all with music coming from up stairs and the tour guide was an absolute clown that was over acting and talking mince.

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1 Thank Euan O
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi Euan, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with us. All of our guides have different styles and sometimes it might not be the right fit. Could you let me know which tour you went on exactly because I'd still like to look into it and find out what the guide... More 

Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a most interesting walking tour of the Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace with our Guide Sue. She was very professional and made the tour really fascinating. She had what I call 3D information at her finger tips. Well done and thank you very much Sue. Would thoroughly recommend this 90 minute tour.

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

Hi, Thank you for your 5 star review. Sue really does love her history tours and passing all her knowledge on to visitors. hope you enjoyed your tour through the Palace of Holyroodhouse just as much. Do visit us again if you can. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

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

lizzie was a really friendly host even though she was loosing her voice she still gave a great tour it was a small group which made the tour even better and intimate in my opinion it was well worth the money and you get a free drink at the end in there own little bar type area if i had... More 

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

Hi Nathan, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. the "scary" part is always hard to pull of. We don't really advertise as scary since everyone reacts differently but obviously we still try to unnerve you. we do offer later tours s well that don't allow kids on the tour. maybe next time you're visiting Edinburgh join one of our Hidden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I did the ghost tour on New Years Day as part of our family trip to Edinburgh, for new year. The tour with Stefanie was fantastic and pretty realistic, to the point my son got scared and actually lost his hat, although not known at the time. When we knew we hunted high and low and couldn't... More 

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

Hi Chris, Thank you for your great feedback. Glad the hat arrived safe and sound. We do have one interesting lost and found box so definitely contact us once you lost something down in the vaults. We will always try to get it back to you. Great to hear that you loved your tour. I'll make sure to let Stefanie... More 

Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the Edinburgh vaults with my friend and it was really good our tour guide Simon was really good. He had me scared but I would recommend the Edinburgh vaults tour at night that's when a lot of activity happens. So don't just take me word go and do it and find out your self. I give Simon our tour... More 

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

Hi, Thank you for your review. I can promise you that the activity does not completely depend on the time of the day. All our History Tours don't even really mention the ghosts and some of them had really high activities so you can never be completely sure. That being said the late night tours do set up the mood... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the highlights from the tours we did! It was full of history but was made so much fun. A great way to experience Edinburgh in a fun n memorable way. Credit to our guide Heather who kept us interested and the atmosphere dramatic. Thank you

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

Hi, Thank you for your review. Great to hear that we've been one of your highlights. I'll make sure to let Heather know as well about how much you enjoyed the tour with her. Do visit us again if you can. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

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