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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss
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Gratuities
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.

45 Niddry St , 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entrance/Exit to the vaults is via a 2 foot tall step.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auld Reekie Tours Ltd
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
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
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

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  • "The vaults are very damp so make sure you wear suitable footwear" See review
  • "This tour is definitely worth going on at least once and I hope for your sake you get the guide Tuesday (like the day)." See review

Reviews

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star-5
A must do tour!
Jodie_B
, Dec 2021
Diva was a brilliant tour guide. Very funny! I highly recommend this tour, it was interesting and factual but fun at the same time!
star-5
Really interesting
Kate_S
, Dec 2021
Diva was a great guide, really interesting tour and hopefully she got her gloves back from the spirits.
star-5
Highly recommend.
Elissa_C
, Dec 2021
Really excellent experience. Darren, our tour guide was amazing. The perfect amount of history and spooky stories (and jokes)
star-5
Not to be missed.
Julie_C
, Dec 2021
Excellent, informative, entertaining and sometimes scary. Darren was excellent, a very good showman. When I saw my photo of the tunnel I'm not sure if I was surprised or not surprised to see the skeleton shape on the floor.
star-5
Auld Reekie Vaults walking tour
John_B
, Dec 2021
Interesting insight into a part of the City's history. Fraser was engaging and knowledgable with a perfect blend of humour and insight.
star-5
Darren !
Jade_F
, Dec 2021
It was a really good experience Darren was a really good story teller ! Would definitely recommend !
star-5
Fun tour
Mrs_J
, Dec 2021
The tour itself does not cover many sites of interest but our guide, Andrew, was great - told interesting historical facts and stories and brought history to life in a really fun way. Plenty of laughs.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad that you had a fun tour with Andrew.
star-5
Feel for whoever lived in those arches!
Nathan_C
, Dec 2021
Some fascinating history along Royal Mile before a really engaging tour underground. Just watch your head (and your back)!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed your tour with us and that you found it interesting and engaging.
star-5
Great way to spend an hour
Jenny_V
, Dec 2021
Stewart was a great tour guide and was full of interesting and amusing facts about Edinburgh and the vaults. Lots of scary hits too!
star-5
Scarily informative
Tracy_S
, Dec 2021
Our guide Stewart was fantastic, knowledgeable and attentive . The caves are a scary place and he helped us through the experience

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