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Edinburgh Vaults: Our most recommended tours and activities

Edinburgh: Late Night Guided Ghost Tour & Underground Visit

1. Edinburgh: Late Night Guided Ghost Tour & Underground Visit

Dare to join one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters as you explore the city’s haunted past. Begin your tour with a walk through the dark and mystifying Old Town. Listen to stories about Edinburgh’s troubled and tormented past, walking some of the most haunted streets as you go. Then, descend into the Underground closes and chambers hidden beneath the streets and bridges of Edinburgh. See bridge arches from the 1700s, walls and doorways from former houses, and the modern pavement (with people walking above you) through a skylight. Finally, follow your guide out of the Underground and head back to the starting point to end your terrifying tour. 

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

2. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Journey into Edinburgh’s ghostly past and uncover the secrets behind each turn on a guided walking tour. Descend into the underground vaults and finish your tour with a drink in an authentic tavern. Hear the troubling tales of Edinburgh's past from your guide, from the bloody crimes to the unsettled spirits that roam the city. Visit the shadowy corners of old Edinburgh that many say are haunted. Descend into the famously haunted Blair Street underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still cling to this day. Learn about the dark history of the vaults before finishing your tour with a drink and some storytelling at a local tavern.

Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

3. Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

Hear tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on.  A daytime tour that will take you to some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including a visit to the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults. You’ll hear all about the creepy characters lurking in the past, and the hideous history of how people lived in 19th century Edinburgh. As you walk this city built on witch trials, body snatching and a gruesome past of torture, your expert guide will take you to the places where history lives. You will visit the winding closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Learn the meaning of "gardyloo" and hope you never hear it, grimace at the tales of Scottish witches and find out what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard (clue: it’s not gold and shiny). You’ll even hear what school children commonly packed in their school bags, other than their books. This was a time when living in overcrowded closes proved as frightful as the ghoulish apparitions.  Hear what jobs were available for younger members of society, and get a glimpse at what a family ‘home’ might look like. You’ll finish your excursion beneath the streets in the exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults, once frequented by some of Edinburgh’s less appealing characters. And possibly still is…

Edinburgh: Women in shadow or flame

4. Edinburgh: Women in shadow or flame

Meet at the Old Police Box on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's old town before being taken below the South Bridge where your journey begins, The true story of the women and witchcraft, written and performed by Natalie Nardone. The show lasting one hour takes place in our world famous underground. A humourous but also shocking insight into innocent women accused and tortured for the crime of "Witchcraft". Hundreds suffered the pain of death. This unforgettable experience brings home the the true story of Scotland's witches

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What people are saying about Edinburgh Vaults

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,144 reviews

Really great 1 hour tour! Good mix of history, horror and supernatural tales. Our guide Andrew was absolutely amazing! Would definitely recommend grabbing some cash before hand as a thank you for him!

This was a REALLY fun tour. Megan made the tour fun and spooky all at the same time. The tour gives a really good feel for the underground catacombs if Edinburgh.

Fantastic, informative, fun Andrew our guide was brilliant… first class Thanks Andrew

Meghan was engaging and lovely - all around pleasant and good experience!

Brilliant tour and tour guide Josh ! Great story teller and guide.