Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 17.61 per person

Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
Full description

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This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.

The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

Includes
  • Tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Guide
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information ticket booth outside of the Bank of Scotland, located across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 3869 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Our guide Andrew was very informative, funny and very engaging. Excellent tour guide. Highly recommend. If you have any problems with your hips or knees think twice,as there is a 2 foot step into the vaults. You are warned about this before you enter. So think about this before booking.

May 25, 2022

Our guide of the day was Joshua and he was very keen in giving us a little bit of history of the time and he knew his subject! Also make us feel like we were living on that terrible times. The experience in the pitch dark vault was very thrilling. I should have step on the circle. That very day I lost my bank card!

May 24, 2022

Had a great time, Anja our tour guide was really informative and was entertaining as well. I was initially nervous taking this tour- I can be a bit claustrophobic I explained this to Anja who was very understanding and explained that if I needed help just to let he know and she could assist me out. To be fair the vaults are large so I didn’t feel uncomfortable at any point- they are warm and musty though! I really enjoyed the tour would recommend to anyone interested in the darker past of Edinburgh.

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May 23, 2022

Product ID: 47520