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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Highlights
  • 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
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Overview

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.

What to Expect

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.

Reviews (104)
1 - 5 of 68 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
If you don´t have any other plans, then this is ok.

I´ll repeat what some others have said about them. It´s a lot of "ghost stories" and some interesting facts about how it was before both over and inside the vaults. That part was actually more interesting then the ghost stories. I almost think it would...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GrimTrim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Interesting vaults needs more history

Went with a friend on the walking tour. A good part of it is spent walking to validate tickets what a waste. The vaults themself were quite intersting but not enough detail of the history of them given. Not the best walking tour i have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank highbairn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Not For the Faint-Hearted

You'll get a real taste of the horrors of living in Edinburgh in previous centuries. It is interesting and informative. Our guide, Marina, was excellent and her stories were a real eye-opener. There are steps and stairs, so it's not for the physically frail...but well...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank donnylad55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
It was very well scripted

Went on are tour yesterday what got me was 2 disabled ladys with leg brace and walking stick euan said he wud walk at an easy pace witch he didn’t telling us that he is gay I thought who cares wat you are we are...More

1  Thank Fliwerpot1
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile
This tour isn't accurately described

The reality is that of the hour, around 15 mins is walking from the meeting point to the office to validate tickets and the remaining 45 mins was a tour of three vaulted rooms and a look at another room sealed since the occupant witches...More

5  Thank Sherpa41107168497
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feleenagrosvenor7
12 April 2018|
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Response from Katy M | Reviewed this property |
No it only takes you into the vaults on Niddrys Wynd. It seems the vaults are split up between different tour groups. This tour only takes you into one small corridor with around 3-4 rooms in.
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JessicaRiley
4 April 2018|
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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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