Guided tour

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Likely to sell out

From US$ 24.68 per person

Likely to sell out
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This is a chance to descend and discover our world famous Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the history of the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Hear how real people lived, and worked, in the Vaults
  • See, and touch, artefacts from 19th Century
Full description
The Story of the Underground This is a chance to visit our Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city in the company of a Mercat historian. After sitting unexplored for two centuries, there are many questions waiting to be answered…Why were the Vaults built? When and who by? Who used the Vaults? When and why? How did they work, and play? Your guide will recount their history, recall their stories and answer your questions during this glimpse into our past.
Includes
  • Shared or private tour (depending on option selected)
  • Visit to the Discovery Room
  • Guide
  • TourTalk devices
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, an 8-sided stone monument on the Royal Mile, next to St Giles Cathedral and opposite the City Chambers.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Tours operate rain or shine
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 330 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.6/5

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    I live 35 miles from Edinburgh but never been to do the tourist trips so took my husband and kids (14 and 9 yrs) and spent the day in Edinburgh. Mary-Ann was our guide and so knowledgeable about the vaults. Absolutely fascinating information and all the family enjoyed learning about our history. Would thoroughly recommend.

    March 29, 2023

    I actually booked the wrong trip. I thought I booked the underground city tour, but I booked the historic vault tour instead. The tour did not disappoint though, I’m glad we did it. The historic stories was just fabulous. Fred our guide made you relive it when she was taking to you.

    March 29, 2023

    Your guide was Brilliant. she took the time to make sure we could all hear and that everyone was in the space. perfect for the job . it was very interesting loads of info and history of old Edinburgh. very interesting and will be telling friends to go on it. thanks .

    March 29, 2023

    Product ID: 15762