Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

From $19.12 per person

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
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

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

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    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
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    4.5 /5

    based on 2212 reviews

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    Sophie, our guide was absolutely brilliant: articulate, animated, enthusiastic, funny, passionate and so knowledgable. The tour itself was both interesting and harrowing. Sophie didn’t shy away from the gruesome, and undoubtedly accurate details of life in Edinburgh in the 17th century. I have since recommended your tours and Sophie in particular to a waiter we talked to soon after our tour ended who is booking an underground tour next week and a friend travelling to Edinburgh soon. Thanks Sophie. I forgive you for picking on me as a potential witch in the torture chamber

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    September 15, 2021

    A really enjoyable, informative and engaging tour! We enjoyed our time with Stewart a lot and he was very personable. It was slightly scarier than we had anticipated it being, and there were a few jump scares which was not to our tastes, but that's more of a personal preference! The scope of history and knowledge was fantastic and we came away feeling like we'd learnt a lot!

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    September 14, 2021

    An excellent experience - our guide was amazing he knew so much. We learnt about some history of Edinburgh before entering the vaults and then inside the vaults he was captivating with his stories and history. It was the best part of our trip to Edinburgh and something we will always remember.

    September 13, 2021

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