Guided tour

Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 24.55 per person

Likely to sell out

Hear about bloody plots, treason and torture, secret lives, horrific deaths, and tormented souls. On this 60-minute guided tour you’ll get an unsettling introduction to Edinburgh’s unsavory past as you explore the Blair Street underground vaults.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Go deep underground at the Blair Street underground vaults
  • Learn about murderers, prostitutes, and torturers from your local guide
Full description
This 60-minute adults-only tour is a chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark. Head underground for an unsettling introduction to the city’s unpleasant past. These tales are not fit for the glare of daylight or for telling to those under 18. Your guide will share true stories of sinister misdeeds and terrible consequences, starting aboveground around the wynds and closes of the Old Town. You'll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture, and secret lives that led to horrific deaths and tormented souls. To delve deeper, head to the Blair Street underground vaults, where there’s definitely an unsettling feeling. Your expert Mercat guide will tell you troubled tales as you continue this terrifying walking tour. Expect true stories of murder and hangings, all of which took place in these very vaults. There’s evidence of life in the distant past, lurking just beyond the faint beam of your guide’s flashlight.
  • Guide
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Walking tour
  • Public or private experience (depending on option selected)
  • TourTalk devices
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    • Children under 18 years

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    Meeting point

    The Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1RF. The cross is by St. Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • The minimum age to join this tour is 18 years.
    • Be sure to dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 253 reviews

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    Steve the tour guide was very good. Shame that the underground section was not available (I knew this going into the tour, so that is ok) It did feel like that would have been the highlight of the tour and offered a different type of location. For the price, this was lots of fun and worth doing.

    September 1, 2020

    Fun, good guide

    This was the one hour tour. The guide, Mark, was very well versed in the stories and had a flair for the dramatic. There are fortunately no staged jump-scared. The parts of the vaults that are accessible to the audience of this touring company is but 4/5 rooms. So the actual walk through is roughly the half of the tour.

    August 6, 2018

    This was a fantastic experience!! Not only does it provide a history lesson on some of Edinburgh’s old legends but our tour guide, Artemis, was quite skilled at making us terrified without actually doing anything to us. Not gonna spoil anything, as this is something best experienced without knowing too much about it, but if you enjoy the thrill of fear, definitely consider this one!!

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    October 24, 2017

    Product ID: 66498