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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh provided by Mercat Tours

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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 09/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
You will be part of a small group (max 12) and we'll provide "Tour Talk" radio sets to make social distancing easier. Please bring your own face masks and earphones (disposable earphones can be provided).
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Updated 09/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without descending to the South Bridge Vaults, home to more than 300 years of history. Escape the city’s icy winds on a historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town, both above and below ground. Explore excavated tunnels only accessible with a guide, and listen to commentary that brings the former residences to life. Choose between two different departure times, and upgrade to include a special souvenir.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mercat Cross
    High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. 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. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.
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    Mercat Tours
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 2
    Mercat Cross
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll end at
    28 Blair St
    28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK
    Mercat Tours, 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. This tour ends after a visit to our Blair Street Underground Vaults.
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Highlights
  • Visit vaults only accessible with a guide on an Edinburgh Old Town walking tour 
  • An atmospheric experience suitable for adults and kids alike 
  • Let your guide bring 300 years of history to life
  • Choose between two different departure times for your convenience 
  • Upgrade to include a special souvenir to take home with you
What to Expect
Your tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an overview of Edinburgh’s rich history. After two stops above ground, descend to South Bridge Vaults and explore the tunnels by candlelight. Learn about how the vaults came into fruition and listen to spine-chilling tales of death, disease, and body snatching by the infamous Burke and Hare. Plus, see relics abandoned by the former residents of the vaults. The tour concludes in the Discovery Room. Here you can gain access to exhibits containing further information on the South Bridge Vaults.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
Duration
1h 15m
Return Details
28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK
Inclusions
  • Small group experience
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children over 5yrs only
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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youngdyoung wrote a review Oct 2020
Doncaster, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
Enthusiastic tour by “Agnes” much fun and informative. Understanding of the past events of Edinburgh and the seedier side of life underground
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 9 Oct 2020
Hello Young, Really glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for coming along and letting us tell your some of Edinburgh's incredible stories! All the best, Kim
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ACL515 wrote a review Oct 2020
13 contributions30 helpful votes
We took part in the underground vaults tour with Lauren and it was fantastic. The you guide was funny, knowledgeable and made you feel so at ease. She also covered the harsher aspects of the city's history with a great deal of respect, whilst managing to end on a high. It
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 7 Oct 2020
Hi ACL515, Thanks for joining us for a tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults. We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience. We're sure your kind words will make Lauren's day and thanks for acknowledging our safety measures. The safety of our team and visitors is our top priority! All the best, Kim
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Julie H wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Really personal experience. Great guide- Anna was equally fun as she was knowledgeable. Really eye opening encounter into the city's history. Excited to try another tour on our next visit. Thank you.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 30 Sep 2020
Hi Julieh, Thanks so much for the kind words. We're really glad you enjoyed the tour and look forward to seeing you again. Remember to hold onto your ticket when you return for a £2 returners discount! All the best, Kim
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Jenny Wilson wrote a review Sep 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Our tour guide was Lara and she was brilliant!! She really knew her stuff and taught us a lot of cool history about the vaults and Edinburgh in general. She made everyone feel at ease and comfortable, and made the entire experience really fun as well as super spooky. Would
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 30 Sep 2020
Hi Jenny, Thanks for joining us - we're so happy that you enjoyed your tour. It sounds like Lara did brilliantly! All the best, Kim
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Stu P wrote a review Sep 2020
4 contributions8 helpful votes
Fantastic tour, Lauren really knew her stuff, very well informed and to go under the city was just amazing, to think people lived down there!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 16 Sep 2020
Hello Stu, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. The vaults are fascinating aren't they? We're really happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and thank you for your kind words about Lauren! We're sure they'll make her day. All the best, Kim
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About the operator

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Alex R
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The right balance between creepy and entertaining
The Vaults are fantastic to see and Mercat do an excellent job of presenting them while telling some very engaging
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darrenmaximus
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James Douglas- The Legend
James Douglas. What a guy. He was our guide when we booked the vaults last week in Edinburgh. The man is an amazing
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540gailr
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Great Time!
My son went to this with his Scout group and loved it! Lots of interesting info and a hysterical guide. She was Iri
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RosaM3275
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Great fun and super interesting
Great fun for Halloween for my younger brother and sister and I - thank you so much !!!!! Got to see a side of Edin
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Rachellej4
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Not for the faint-hearted!
My sister and I booked the Halloween underground tour with Mercat. Our guide, Stephanie, was lovely and a great sto
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laurarich434
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Excellent, speedy communication
I booked the ghost tour for a hen do via email as we were a large group and unable to book online. Everything was v
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HEvan27
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Great Night!
Great tour with Hannah! An absolute legend, she made it a great night for us! Would definitely recommend!
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E5580MPnicolac
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Great Halloween tour!
The tour was interesting and brought to life by our lovely tour guide Hannah, the vaults are creepy but I also wish
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Em92travel
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Great Tour
We had a great time on the tour. Guide Mark was amazing at building the atmosphere and great storyteller. Enjoyed o
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paultiplady
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Ghost walk
Would highly recommend this tour our guide (hellish) Nell was brilliant and funny and very well informed and answer
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cshiels26
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Fantastic Tour
We did the Halloween tour in the underground vaults with Scott. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour really
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jonvitalija
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Spooky tour
Agnes made the tour enjoyable. Very knowledgeable lady. So much history in Edinburgh and so many stories were told.
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MrTurnskin
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Informative and fun
Great tour of old town with tour guide Lara. Informative with a personal touch. Vaults were off limits unfortunate
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isobel0105
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A must do in Edinburgh!
Mark was an excellent story teller and created a brilliant spooky atmosphere. It was a lot of fun! Definitely recom
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hammyb94
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A fascinatingly spooky tour!
We were visiting Edinburgh the weekend before Halloween, eager to go on a ghost walk. This must be one of the best
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