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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

By Auld Reekie Tours
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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.
from
HK$125.72
per adult
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HK$125.72
per adult

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Ages 5-99, max of 36 per group
Duration:
1h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

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
  • Discover a side of the capital many visitors—and even locals—miss

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities

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.

Departure details
  • Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK The tour starts from the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. The guide will meet everyone there. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time and will not wait for latecomers.
Return details
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8752P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Entrance/Exit to the vaults is via a 2 foot tall step followed by single flight spiral staircase.
  • Mezzanine staircases of 5-7 steps inside vaults between levels.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Alcohol/Drugs are strictly forbidden and anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh price starts from HK$135.16. Discover and book Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
What is the Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh cancellation policy?
Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh is hosted by Auld Reekie Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Auld Reekie Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8752P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

nelsonj128
nelsonj128
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Funny and fearfull experience ;)
Funny and iteractive experience! Our guide Jordan was able to makes laugh and also makes shake of fear, all togethe
130jeanr
130jeanr
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Well worth it!
Excellent animator. Also a terrific learning experience. Well done! thank you. did tour in mid-September 2022
adamstanton1
adamstanton1
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Ghost tour
Alex was the perfect guide great fun and very knowledgeable of everything nothing was a problem for her. The tour w
E6511YAsarahm
E6511YAsarahm
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Fun way to get out of the rain!
Did the Vaults tour, perfect mix of spooky and comedy. Our guide Stew had perfect timing and was a great laugh!
tobiase118
tobiase118
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Amazing vaults Tour
Sam, or Mr. McDonald ;) did an amazing job! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh's
jenh270
jenh270
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Fantastic ghost tour
Diva was absolutely fantastic! Very interesting tour. We even went back to give Bobby a proper stick and venture ar
Lynsey B
Lynsey B
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A must do for Edinburg visit.
Brilliant! Great host/tour guide. Stu Excellent and interesting. Much better than other tours. Very much recommende
L8069ILtims
L8069ILtims
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The vault tours
Great tour, excellent guide Diva very entertaining well worth the money. Great history story told. 👍👍👍👍
C3144JSmorganel
C3144JSmorganel
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Wonderful experience
It was everything we hoped and more. The tour was both interesting, fun and scary! Darren, our tour guide was arti
jennieh320
jennieh320
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Not to be missed
We were a party of 4 who were lucky enough to be in a very small tour group of 6, so it felt like a private tour.
caramX7718ZC
caramX7718ZC
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Stew is yer man!
Absolutely brilliant tour. The guide (Stew) was very entertaining and was very knowledgable. A fantastic story tell
976jodieg
976jodieg
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Great Tour
Great tour, not just the vaults but some dark history on the royal mile too. Amazing knowledge on your tour guide,
Salma I
Salma I
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Amazing experience
Amazing experience with Megan! This was one of my favorite things in Edinburgh, and Megan’s lovely ‘spirit’ made it
olafgr
olafgr
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Excellent!
Excelent tour and told with energy and enthousiasm. The tour took only an hour, but sites seen and stories told are
Farina K
Farina K
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Fun and very informative
Alex was lovely and friendly and also very funny! The hour flew by… learnt a thing or two too! Thank you Alex for a
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Amanda R
Staten Island, NY63 contributions
My husband & I decided to book the underground walking tour of Edinburgh to learn more about the city's history. Our tour guide, Anja, was great! She was engaging & informative regarding the history of the vaults. She stopped a few times along the tour to make sure everyone had caught up with the group & to provide tid bits of information along the way. I found the tour extremely interesting & enjoyed learning about the city's history and seeing a unique part of the city we otherwise wouldn't have been able to see.

A few recommendations for the tour. It took about 20-30 min to actually get to the vaults between walking and stopping for pieces of information. I felt this was to make the tour longer as the amount of time in the vaults is only about 30 min. With that being said, the vaults are dark and wet, with a musty smell so I think a whole 60 min would be overkill. All in all, if you are looking for a full 60 min tour of just the vaults, this tour is not for you.

Additionally, if you are having any mobility difficulties, this may not be the tour for you. We walked down a steep-ish hill to get to the vaults, had to step up a 24 inch step to get into the vaults, and walked up a flight of narrow steps. One of the vaults you enter had no lighting (I'm sure on purpose for dramatic effect), so if you are afraid in the pitch black, this tour may not be for you. The vaults are very creepy so if you get spooked easily, take caution.

Lastly, the tour departs on the Royal Mile but leaves you at the vaults. So be prepared that you will be stopping the tour in a different spot than when you left.

I would definitely recommend this tour but being mindful of the information listed above.
Written 7 August 2022
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KEELAN B
Belfast, UK1 contribution
Friends
I brought my American friends on this tour as I had heard great things about it and it did not disappoint or I should say Frazer did not disappoint. He kept everyone gripped on his storytelling and was also able to lighten the mood with his charm and humour. Edinburgh city is full of beauty breathtaking views but it was great to learn of her darker colourings. Would thoroughly recommend if not for the spooky side, Frazers cheekbones and accent are more than worth it 😅
Written 28 February 2022
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Sarah Harris
29 contributions
I was actually scared! It was a bit of a thill doing this tour. Our guide, Stewart, was very enthusiastic and seemed to have a wealth of stories to tell as we walked down the Royal Mile and through the vaults. He was a super guide who brought the past to life. My only criticism is that I could have done more as the time just vanished. Highly recommend doing this if you’re visiting Edinburgh for the first time as you learn things you would never know otherwise. Thank you Stewart.
P.S. I have repeated the stories I heard to our 14 year old son and he is now desperate to visit.
Written 31 May 2022
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ag the realest
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed this underground tour. Darren, (our tour guide) was very informative and made our experience interesting and exciting. The tour ran for the perfect amount of time and would highly recommend to anyone visiting the city.
Written 26 February 2022
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Taylor K
2 contributions
Friends
Aimee was an incredible tour guide! She was super engaging and did a great job speaking over traffic and crowds of people on the aboveground portion of the tour. The tour was a great balance of history and horror. She was also very considerate of the kiddies on the tour when it got too intense for them and turned it down a bit without compromising the experience of the rest of the group. My friend and I (uni students) had a great time! Would definitely recommend for all ages
Written 29 August 2022
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psully136
Leeds, UK2 contributions
This tour was brilliant. Our guide Aimee was excellent. She's a knowledgeable story teller with just the right amount of darkness and humour. With two kids age 9 and 12, the Vaults Tour seemed the most age appropriate from the info on the website. The kids (and the adults) were spooked but thoroughly enjoyed being scared by Aimee's stories of torture and the supernatural and the eerie atmosphere of the underground vaults. It really is somewhere you should see whilst you're in Edinburgh. Thanks for the experience.
Written 13 August 2021
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AuldReekieTours
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad that you had a brilliant experience on your tour with Aimee and we will pass along your kind words.
Written 20 August 2021
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EmmaCowan
21 contributions
Couples
Really enjoyed this tour today!! Our guide (Fraser) was really engaging and made the tour really interesting. He knew some great stories and facts about both the vaults and Edinburgh itself, all of which linked together to tell a really great (true) story. For someone with a short attention span I was totally engaged with the tour the whole time, and he did a great job at storytelling and building tension particularly in the last vault! Thanks so much really had a great experience!
Written 4 February 2022
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AuldReekieTours
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy that you really enjoyed your tour with Fraser and that Fraser kept you engaged throughout.
Written 8 February 2022
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Cat S
7 contributions
Couples
Tour guide Andrew was brilliant. He made the tour come to life with his excellent story telling. His knowledge was second to none and he was able to answer all our questions with confidence and throw the odd joke in there too. The tour itself felt quite short as part of it was above ground with a bit of history about the surrounding area. Id have liked to spend a bit more time actually in the vaults but thats just my personal preference. I would gladly recommend auld reekie tours and will be using them again the next time i explore more of the city.
Written 16 November 2021
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Dorothy S
London, UK6 contributions
Family
Great underground walking tour with Darren. He ensured we had a prompt start and kept everyone’s attention throughout. Darren had a really good rapport with the group and told some great stories, lots of interesting facts peppered with grisly tales. An excellent and atmospheric tour. Would definitely recommend. We would have loved to have been told a bit about some of the “instruments of torture” in the first room we entered - even if it had scared us!
Written 11 July 2022
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CLCresswell
3 contributions
Couples
We booked this as a last minute activity after wondering about the history of the city whilst on a birthday weekend.
Stewart didn’t disappoint and was an amazing, animated and interactive host on our walk. Everyone was made to feel welcome, engaged and part of the history of the city. Our group was a really varied age range, which added to the experience, as everyone was able to enjoy something.
The vaults were filled with heaps of history and stories, but was in no way scary or ‘jumpy’ as some tours can be so was a really authentic, factual and historic feeling experience.
The time the tour takes isn’t long (1 hour) but this is a great amount of time to learn enough about the city to be well on your way when exploring and realistically, how long can you really enjoy being in a dark tunnel for 😂
We would absolutely go on this tour again and would happily follow Stewart around the city hearing his facts and snippets of knowledge all day!

Well worth a visit and 10/10 would recommend.
Written 9 January 2022
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AuldReekieTours
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so happy to see that you had an amazing experience on your tour with Stewart.
Written 10 January 2022
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