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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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The Edinburgh Vaults, one of the city’s most fascinating sights, can only be accessed on a tour. This one focuses exclusively on the vaults, an underground warren below South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step inside with a local guide who’ll reveal tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh, grisly stories from the city’s dark past, and lead you to a hidden witchcraft temple.
  • Get access to the fascinating and rarely visited Edinburgh Vaults
  • Enter a sinister underground world beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Travel back to the 18th century, when crime and disease ruled the city
  • Discover a side of the capital many visitors—and even locals—miss
What to Expect
Greet your guide on the Royal Mile and escape the tourist trail to discover Edinburgh’s deepest secrets on this underground walking tour through the Edinburgh Vaults. These infamous vaults fill all 19 arches of South Bridge in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. As you walk, you’ll learn the hideous conditions in which Edinburgh’s poorer citizens lived during the 18th century. Descend into the dark, dank vaults and learn what it was like to live in the darkness—and which criminals sought their prey there. You’ll explore candlelit Niddry’s Wynd, visit a witchcraft temple with a haunted stone circle, and brave the Haunted Vault, where a myriad mysterious events have occurred.
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Departure Point
300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
Return Details
45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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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Voyager743464 wrote a review 14 Feb
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Our tour was conducted by Barbara. She was an excellent and informative guide with lots of interesting facts about Edinburgh and was able to answer all our many questions. I don't normally write reviews but I was impressed and think it is well worth the £12. I did go with my
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Date of experience: February 2020
Anvapietra wrote a review 6 Feb
2 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour was amazing, and the guide, Fiona, was awesome, really felt all the sinister atmosphere, it was a great experience, I recommend.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Reese wrote a review 6 Feb
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Amazing guide (Believe she was called Andrea) who told brilliant stories both personal and ones reported by previous visitors. Also not too far of a walk from meeting point to the vaults. Wear warm sensible clothing as the vaults are a bit cold and damp. Honeslty overall can't
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Date of experience: February 2020
Raimonds R wrote a review 3 Feb
400 contributions64 helpful votes
Very nice tour in old Edinburgh city on ground and underground. Tour started on time. Nice guide story about Edinburgh city history. Recieved good understanding and expierence. No dislikes, liked everything.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Sandra C wrote a review 2 Feb
4 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the tour with Barbara the tour guide, she was excellent and kept us engaged and well informed throughout. Her humour kept us engaged and fascinated and she made it a really enjoyable tour ..thanks Barbara we had a great tour 😊
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Date of experience: February 2020
Key Details
  • Edinburgh Old Town, Royal Mile, and 1 more
  • Duration: 1h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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