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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
124 High St , 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Old Police Box by starbucks

This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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?
A: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?
A: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?
A: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?
A: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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  • "Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!" See review


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Great fun
, Dec 2021
Our guide was James, he was very funny yet informative, loved hearing all the ghostly stories and going down in to the vaults, a brilliant evening trip .
Waste of time & Money
, Dec 2021
Sorry to write this but it was a complete waste of time and money. Things like this are made by the host and ours Merry Andrews was terrible, complete lack of knowledge, no Carissa & didn’t want to answer questions. We had another guest on the tour telling us the gory history of Edinburgh as we walked through the streets, think this is the hosts job. We went down one vault, which was 3 small rooms and that was it. When booking it’s made out that it’s an underground tour of the vaults which it’s not, it’s go down the stairs and stand in a room for 4 minutes. The last place we visited, was outside a church. We walked through the rain and freezing cold to get there. Once there our host started explaining the area, the chimes of the clock went. He stopped mid way through and said as you here the chimes that’s the end of the tour!!!! Ridiculous.
, Dec 2021
Amazing tour! Friendly guide (John Napier) and very scary! Will definitely recommend to any horror fanatics out there!
The hangman was amazing
, Dec 2021
Our guide Paul “The Hangman” was cool as heck and a really good story teller. It was worth the money especially if you enjoy ghost stories
Underground ghost tour
, Dec 2021
Really enjoyed this tour except the weather our guide John the scientist (John Napier) was very knowledgeable and the new guy too was a good story teller for his first time will definitely recommend it to anyone well worth the money
Loved it!
, Dec 2021
Great tour with John Napier. Super informative and fun! Even with the awful weather is remained super professional and made the experience really enjoyable!
, Dec 2021
Not what we were expecting and unfortunately the weather was very bad which obviously the company can’t do anything about.
Poor customer service
, Dec 2021
Poor customer service, was not even able to attend the event, was told to rebook the next day but rude Manager said we cannot reschedule due to our extenuating circumstances despite several unanswered phone calls. Poor service. Will never book again with them.
Spooky tour
, Dec 2021
The church yard and the stories from the past especially the Maggie Dickson oneunderground vault also very interesting
This tour is amazing!!!!
, Nov 2021
Dr Knox was our tour guide today on 29th of November he was equally knowledgeable as he was bloody HILARIOUS. Had us interested and laughing from start to finish. I have to admit I was apprehensive about if this was going to be good or not but he seriously knocked it out of the park for us I will be highly recommending it!!! ☺️☺️🙌🏻🙌🏻

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