Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

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Join this tour in Edinburgh and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
Full description
This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s. These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them. The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches. Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults.  The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stories. You will also visit our torture exhibition, to explore how and why these items were used.
  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Edinburgh Welcome and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Due to the damp nature of the location, suitable footwear should be worn
    • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
    • Note that the indoor sections of the tour are 1 metre physical distancing areas
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    4.4 / 5

    based on 1601 reviews

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    The tour of the vaults was short. I wish we could of seen more. My idea of the vaults was no where near the reality of them. Definitely need to wear sensible shoes as it’s wet and uneven. The saving grace was Maggie our guide. She was so full of information but made it funny as well as interesting.I would go again just to listen to her, she is excellent at her job.

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    June 22, 2021

    Sophie was very friendly, fun and knowledgeable about the vaults and could even answer questions about other things we asked about. Very informative and fun. We even managed to capture an orb on camera from the vault where the women and children died from the results of the fire. Very cool!

    June 12, 2021

    Sophie was great! I loved her story-telling style. She was quite knowledgeable and authentic. It was a good mix of scary, funny, and mind-stimulating experience. She was so passionate and enthusiastic, she is the perfect person for the job. I would love to go back and show my friends and family aroud for the tour! Cheers!

    June 9, 2021

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