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Greet your guide on the Royal Mile and escape the tourist trail to discover Edinburgh’s deepest secrets on this underground walking tour through the Edinburgh Vaults. These infamous vaults fill all 19 arches of South Bridge in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. As you walk, you’ll learn the hideous conditions in which Edinburgh’s poorer citizens lived during the 18th century.

Descend into the dark, dank vaults and learn what it was like to live in the darkness—and which criminals sought their prey there. You’ll explore candlelit Niddry’s Wynd, visit a witchcraft temple with a haunted stone circle, and brave the Haunted Vault, where a myriad mysterious events have occurred.

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Edinburgh Old Town
Royal Mile
Auld Reekie Tours

The Edinburgh Vaults, one of the city’s most fascinating sights, can only be accessed on a tour. This one focuses exclusively on the vaults, an underground warren below South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step inside with a local guide who’ll reveal tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh, grisly stories from the city’s dark past, and lead you to a hidden witchcraft temple.

  • Get access to the fascinating and rarely visited Edinburgh Vaults
  • Enter a sinister underground world beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Travel back to the 18th century, when crime and disease ruled the city
  • Discover a side of the capital many visitors—and even locals—miss
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Interesting historical walk

I went on the underground walking with my partner and brother. Our guide Sven was great, really informative and questions we had he knew the answers too. The tour was informative. My brother and partner don’t believe in ghost but at one point even they...More

Thank Bella161068
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Good value for money

The tour lasted about 50 minutes and i think it was good value for the price. Our guide was a brilliant story teller and it was very interesting to explore a part of the vaults.

Thank Loo P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Ok but not great

Our guide was clearly tired and we were on the 3pm tour... there was also a lot of phone checking going from her during the tour. It was interesting to see the vaults though

1  Thank KateLockett
Reviewed 1 week ago
Visiting the Underground Vaults in Edinburgh

What made this most enjoyable was our guide Edgar! Great storyteller and he looked the part for a Ghost and Ghouls tour! A cross between Russel Brand and Dracula! Extremely talented guy! 5 Stars for this tour and Guide! Not so sure if we didn't...More

1  Thank davidsax51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The same old (ghost) story

I did this tour over ten years ago and decided that I was nostalgic enough to do it again. The first time I did the tour all those years ago, the guide told us the history of the place, about the hauntings and that yes,...More

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4 April 2018|
Response from Darren C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, to my knowledge the answer to this is NO. I think the way the tour is structured it's not really appropriate for dogs
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