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Mercat Tours

#16 of 192 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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10:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 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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An Evening of Ghosts and Ghouls

Had a fantastic couple of hours with our guide Jenny. She was very lovely and made us all feel welcome by making an effort to come and to talk to everyone while we were waiting... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a fantastic couple of hours with our guide Jenny. She was very lovely and made us all feel welcome by making an effort to come and to talk to everyone while we were waiting for the tour to start. Jenny was a fantastic story teller (also fantastic at making people jump!) she gave us some good and gory history... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great underground ghost tour. Fred makes this as she is super good at her job and very very informative. Really worth the money and a fun way to spend afternoon. Thanks Fred.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was excellent to go inside of the underground vaults. Unfortunately our guide "Lizzie" over-facilitated the trip; she was over the top and quite frankly she was rude to a number of the clients on the trip. The group behind us had the same information in a more relaxed delivery method which was much more suitable. However the content and... More 

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

Had a fantastic experience with Nora who did our historic underground vault tour. A friendly, vibrant tour guide whose enthusiasm made it a truly enjoyable hour or so. The ticket prices are very reasonable and this tour is great if the weather is slightly overcast as you spend about 50 minutes of it underground anyway (we visited February time). They... More 

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Thank m3gward
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your wonderful review. Great to hear that you enjoyed Mercat Tours as a perfect introduction into Edinburgh's dark past. And thank you for mentioning all the extras - we definitely always recommend wearing suitable clothing and footwear since Scotland's weather can change any minute. See you next time when you're in Edinburgh and don't forget to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a rare treat to find something that all the family are utterly absorbed in and enjoyed equally. Amandine gave us a terrific tour and is a born storyteller. I'd definitely recommend this as a trip (boys 11/13 loved it). Can't wait to do the other tours in the future!

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

Hi, Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review. It's so great to hear that the whole family enjoyed the tour with Amandine. We always try to accommodate everyone so thew best compliment to get is definitely if the whole family enjoyed it. I'll make sure to let Amandine know as well about how much you enjoyed the tour with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mercat ghost tour - an enjoyable tour with excellent storytelling. Our guide was Ella, a natural storyteller who made the whole tour very enjoyable with her engaging style. After a short walk and history lesson outside you descend into the depths of old vaults under the north bridge. Tales of ghostly experiences shared as you pass through the rooms as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my wife went on the ghosts and gouls tour. I thought the tour guide Heather was very good and the informative different stories about the history of Edinburgh was great. And when we went down into the vaults they were quite creepy and the different spirits that reside there, but it was when we ' the tour group'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked the 5pm 'Ghostly Underground' Tour after checking with the company it was suitable for our girls (7 & 9) and it was great. Fred, our guide, a lovely French woman, was witty and entertaining. Tour started with some stories next to the Mercat Cross with a bit of history thrown in, then into the vaults. Suitably spooky and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Firstly, I love visiting Edinburgh. Secondly, I love scary things. I booked the final tour of the vaults. Late night meeting at the Mercat Cross for a short, scary start. The tour shows you a few "haunted" sites before you head to the vaults. The stairs may be a challenge for some getting down to the vaults. If you become... More 

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Armagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ghost tour was a fantastic experience. Our guide was Fred and she was very professional at her job. The complete tour took around 80/ 90 minutes and was well worth the price. I would highly recommend it.

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