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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.
  • Evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families
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75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
No under 5s

Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.

Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.

Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.

Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.

As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.

When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Fantastic tour with an amazing tour guide
, Jun 2021
Lady Primrose who took our tour was incredibly knowledgeable and fun. She really brought history to life and made the entire experience really enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to absolutely everyone!
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, Jun 2021
Lady Primrose was awesome. Very knowledgable and knew so many wonderful facts. Her bloody McKenzie story was horrifying, as was her story about the time she went underground at 4a.m. alone and heard the little girl giggle. Well done and thank you. Boo!!!
Excellent Tour we'll recommend
, Jun 2021
A Excellent with a Very funny and very Excellent Tour Guide James Douglas. Some amazing story's of Edinburgh being told to us by James with his funny twists to them which didn't make the tour boring at all. Fully Recommend to anyone if they want to see some parts of Edinburgh you might not see without a tour guide.
As described
, Jun 2021
Good fun! Great for families too young to sit in pubs! Good story teller... a great way to see parts of the city
Good fun and exercise
, Jun 2021
The tour host was very knowledgeable and engaging with the visitors.A really interesting couple of hours.
Passionate and informative - good for families
, Jun 2021
Loved the passion of Nelly our guide. The graveyard was the best part of the tour. Very informative and answered lots of questions.
Ghostly stories
, Jun 2021
The guide Nell was fabulous, keeping everyone engaged and interested, especially the kids. I'd never have gone to the graveyard on my own and was amazed by the underground streets.
Excellent for the whole family
, Jun 2021
We had a great tour with Nell, just the right amount of history and spook! Spencer loved it! Thanks Nell 👻
Agnes is a great guide!
, Jun 2021
Agnes our tour guide / creepy witch was great. Learned lots of unexpected facts... Half Edinburgh’s population died in the plague, lots of Harry Porter inspiration in greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Fun activity for all!
Tour left without us.
, Jun 2021
We didn’t actually get to go on the tour. We arrived and it had already left. I edited for them to return and when they did I was told that we should have arrived ten minutes early. This was not on the e mail from yourselves, which I did show to the man. He was very apologetic and said it should have been clearly stated. He said he was very sorry and I would need to contact yourselves. I did do last night and am awaiting your response. Very disappointed. We were a party of five and have lost £65.

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