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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • 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
Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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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.
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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Reviewed today
Entertaining insights on underground Edinburgh

A very informative and entertaining tour of the vaults of the South bridge in Edinburgh. We were told all sorts of interesting facts by our lively guide, Emma, and shown around some of the atmospheric vaults. I'd definitely recommend it, especially on a rainy day!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LydCole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The vaults were actually a bit boring. Could’ve been done in 10 minutes. The above ground portion was more interesting in that it helps you understand the city and history of Edinburgh.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank brkh9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking tour was great with Anna. She knew her facts well and kept us all entertained. Was very dark underground and uneven but very atmospheric

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pembrokeshiremum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Engaging, fun and a bit spooky!

Emma was mine and my fiance's tour guide- it was our first trip to Edinburgh (19th Feb) and she was fantastic! An already fascinating historical attraction, Emma made us feel totally engrossed in the history of the vaults, and mixed informal chat with fantastic historical...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 20Ruby94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great for understanding the city of Edinburgh

I wanted a tour that didn't have too much walking as one of our party was injured. I didn't want a scary tour, and I wanted to get some of the actual history that would appeal to my 12 year old as well as me....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Derbyshirerocks
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for joining us! So happy to hear that you & your son enjoyed the tour - it's not everything that can appeal to both adults & young adults so I'm glad we hit the mark. All the best, Jean

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3 June 2018|
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Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
No, this tour was not a haunted tour. The historical facts were more than entertaining enough.
Jen R
2 May 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half