We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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
From US$17.50
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
HU 12.00pm
Departs at 12 midday
From US$17.46
HU 11.00am
Departs at 11am
From US$17.46
12:00pm Departure + Souvenir
Departs at 12pm and includes the Official Souvenir Guidebook
From US$25.52
Show 5 more
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.

Write a ReviewReviews (299)

1 - 5 of 76 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Interesting and engaging

Our guide Armandine or Andy was knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour was interesting and well worth going on to explore the underground chambers. A fascinating story which is still unfolding. Lit by candles, it's very atmospheric, but I'd recommend sensible footwear - it's no place...More

Thank FabFortyFive
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review - you're right we definitely wouldn't recommend stilettos down there! Glad you enjoyed the tour :)

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic Underground Vaults tour

We had a great tour with Fred. She was fantastic. Really warm and welcoming when meeting her and made the tour really interesting and enjoyable.

1  Thank lynsey lou s
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the lovely review - glad you had such a good time with Fred exploring Edinburgh :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very good experience

I hope I have got the right place, this is a review for the City of the Dead tour for the underground vaults in Edinburgh. I really enjoyed this tour, and I learnt a lot about Edinburgh. Our guide, Steve was funny, engaging, and clearly...More

Thank Marieta901
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What a wonderful evening!

We had a great time on the two-hour tour through the underground vaults. It was eerie without being hokey. Lots of tales. Our guide Sarah was great and the group number quite manageable. We had tried to get into Mary King's Close but were unable...More

Thank mrichardson5880
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Historic Underground Tour

We had a wonderful time during our Historic Underground tour with our guide Simon. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about the history of the city. I highly recommend this tour. We were only in the city for 2 days, otherwise we...More

1  Thank Bluebird711
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
3 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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