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Underground Edinburgh Tours

Underground Edinburgh Tours

The Scottish capital boasts a rich history, but not all of Edinburgh’s landmarks are above ground. In fact, some of the city’s most fascinating sites are buried beneath the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Read on to discover Edinburgh’s hidden history.

Edinburgh Vaults History

For over 30 years, the Edinburgh vaults—which include the South Bridge vaults, the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and Mary King’s Close—played host to a colorful cast of characters, with the tradesmen that initially set up shop in the rooms eventually giving way to squatters and criminal activity. Notorious serial killers Burke and Hare allegedly hid the bodies of their victims in the vaults, and more recently, reports of ghost sightings and paranormal activity brought the TV showMost Haunted to the location, hot on the trail of the notorious "Man with No Face," a terrifying poltergeist who reportedly patrols the vaults.

Ways to Experience the Edinburgh Vaults

Learn what lies beneath Edinburgh’s South Bridge on a walking tour of the eerie underground vaults, or brave a night tour and discover why Edinburgh is known as one of Europe’s most haunted cities. Alternatively, book a great-value combo tour and enjoy a royal Edinburgh history tour by day and an underground vaults tour by night. If you dare, you can even combine the South Bridge vaults with a visit to the Blair Street vaults and the Cannongate Kirkyard—checking off all of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites in one day.

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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.80
Price varies by group size
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$24.80
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.82
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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