Guided tour

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Activity provider: Auld Reekie Tours
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From US$ 27.24 per person

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Venture underneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile for terrifying ghost stories on this guided tour of the city's underground which includes the Edinburgh Vaults, stone circle vault, and a torture exhibition.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Explore above and below Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Go to the underground vaults of Auld Reekie to hear horrifying ghost stories
  • Learn how instruments of torture were used
  • Discover the living conditions of the wynds and closes in days gone by
Full description

Join this late-night guided walking tour in English of Edinburgh to discover the city’s darkest and most frightening experience. Hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. Walk through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions of the population that once lived in these underground rooms. Listen to stories from your guide about murderers who roamed the streets and snatched bodies to sell to medical schools at the time. Then, hear stories of the scratching hauntress who leaves marks on her victims. Witness torture exhibits and learn how these devices were used in times gone by.

Finally, go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, and see the infamous stone circle vault, still decorated with pentagrams and spiritual symbols.

  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition
  • Entry to the vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge
  • Guide
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Ticket Booth/Police Box. This is located outside of the Bank of Scotland, which is on the opposite side of the road to Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Video recording
  • Audio recording

Know before you go

  • The experience offered may be distressing to some
  •  Entrance to the vaults is by a 2-foot-tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
  •  Single floor spiral staircase at entrance/exit of vaults and further small sections of stairs inside.
  •  Please do not arrive late as the guide will not wait for latecomers
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away
  • Alcohol and drugs strictly forbidden on tour
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 609 reviews

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Our host/guide Ally was extreamly informative and knowledgeable throughout the tour. It was interactive in a sense that whilst exploring the vaults I believe even those who dont believe in ghosts will still come away feeling like they saw or felt something. Those who are interested in history or are just simply curious to see and know what is hidden beneath the streets of Edinburgh old town wont be disappointed. Personally, I wouldnt say it was a terror tour but rather spooky, it did leave my group a bit jumpy for the past few days. I highly recommend and would do it again myself.

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January 12, 2023

This was my first time experiencing the vaults (10pm slot) and I was NOT disappointed!! James who was our tour guide and has only been with the company for 1 month did an absolutely fantastic job! Providing haunting and gory details about the history of Edinburgh, interacting with the group and ensuring we were safe in our journey to and within the vaults. I even learned a few ‘fun (gory) facts’ about Edinburgh even though I am from the city!! I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a bit of ghostly adventures or would like to learn some history on the city! Great job James!!

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January 7, 2023

This tour was very spooky and thoroughly entertaining! Our guide Darren kept the mood light and made sure everyone was comfortable throughout the tour. He was very well informed and it was interesting to hear about some of Edinburgh’s dark history, as well as the history of the underground vaults. Would recommend as long as you don’t get scared too easily!

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January 4, 2023

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