1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults & Graveyard Evening Tour

Product ID: 66534
Explore our infamous, dark past and the characters doomed to die and doomed to haunt the living. You'll visit both the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate Graveyard.
About this activity
Duration: 105 minutes
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  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
Full description
Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults with access no other tour company can offer, then head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

It might be something to do with the change in temperature. Or the perpetual darkness. Or the ever smaller rooms, stretching beyond the weak beam of a torch. Whatever the reason, there’s something unsettling about the Blair Street Underground Vaults – and your expert guide will reveal the troubling tales on this evening walking tour.

Cannibals. Body snatchers. Deals with the Devil. And that’s before you even head underground.

Torture. Murder. Hangings. And that’s just what went on in the vaults.

A walk along dim streets to the Canongate graveyard will bring you to the resting place of the city’s most famous figures: Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, the lover of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate. 
  • Live guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Please arrive here 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Look for the 8-sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our Visitor Services Team waiting here to check you in.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear
• Please arrive at the Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile 15 minutes before the start of your tour and check in with the local partner's on-street Visitor Services Team
• You must be at least 18 years-old to enjoy this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Ana!!! What an amazing knowledgeable and creative guide! Very enjoyable tour of the eary closes of Edinburgh old town, down into the vaults where the hairs standing on my neck near removed themselves And then to finish the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh. I learned so much about Edinburgh’s history, both ghostly and historical. Definitely book this tour if you want a little scare and a lot of gory history!

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March 5, 2020

The whole experience was amazing, the tour guide Helena was informative and funny aswell as very knowledgeable on the topics of the tour. The Information and stories you are told is like nothing you would find out otherwise and the locations you visit are very interesting. Will definitely book another tour next time we are in the area.

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March 4, 2020

Lauren was an amazing tour guide really informative and funny, she said at the start of the tour there would be no gimics or people jumping out which was a big relief as it allowed the tour to feel completely truthful and spooky. I didnt see any ghosts but did feel things while down in the vaults. I would ahve liked the time in the vaults to be a bit longer as it was teh best part but every location we went to was very interesting and I think the information and tour seemed very well planned and humorous while scary at points. I would completely recommend this tour as it was very interesting, I would advise taking the tour at night as it's much more spooky but overall had an amazing time and will be booking back on other tours through merkat tours.

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March 1, 2020

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 66534