Guided tour

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

From US$ 24.39 per person

Go under the streets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile to hear terrifying ghost stories on a 75-minute tour of the Auld Reekie. See the infamous stone circle vault, and a horrifying torture exhibition. Wander the wynds and closes off the Royal Mile above ground.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Explore above and below Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Go to the underground vaults of Auld Reekie to hear horrifying ghost stories
  • Learn how instruments of torture were used
  • Discover the living conditions of the wynds and closes in days gone by
Full description

Join this late-night tour of Edinburgh to discover the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!

  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition
  • Entry to the vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge
  • Guide
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with claustrophobia
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your costumed guide at the Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth. This is located outside of the Bank of Scotland, and across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The experience offered may be distressing to some
  • Under 18s may be refused entry
  •  Entrance to the vaults is by a 2-foot-tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  •  Please do not arrive late as the guide will not wait for latecomers
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4.6 /5

based on 272 reviews

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Really enjoyed the underground vaults terror tour. The guide was very knowledgeable, with just the right amount of humour, and giving us a good basic history of the old town and vaults. The tour of the vaults itself was interesting but short - I thought we’d maybe see more and go deeper into them. I enjoyed the tour, and thought the guide was excellent.

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December 20, 2021

We did the late night underground vault tour on 12/12 to round off our long weekend in Edinburgh. Our tour guide Adrian was fantastic - he had the perfect balance between story telling and humour to keep the tour interesting. We were disturbed by a drunken man at the beginning of the tour on the royal mile who was unrelenting at trying to spoil the tour by following us, yelling and picking fights, but Adrian handled it incredibly well and managed to de-escalate the situation. The experience inside the vaults was amazing. My partner is absolutely convinced that he experienced some paranormal activity (I myself am not convinced). The stories shared about the people who once used and lived in the vaults was so interesting. Adrian did a great job at creating a spooky atmosphere which really heightened the tension. I would hugely recommend to anyone who enjoys a bit of history or likes being spooked. This was easily the best thing that we did whilst we were in Edinburgh.

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December 14, 2021

It was definitely a unique way to experience Edinburgh but I highly recommend it. Many thanks to our guide Fraser who narrated the stories very well and even incorporated his own experiences as well. We definitely enjoyed his Scottish humor too, his jokes really helped me survive through the tour.

December 6, 2021

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