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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Visit the infamous hidden vaults beneath the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town. Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in these former slums. Explore these dimly lit vaults by candlelight, once the haunt of criminals, body snatchers and witches alike!
Each vault has stories of crime, disease, death and lots more... with which your guide shall enlighten you in all the gory details! You will see a genuine witchcraft temple, recently used by a Wiccan coven and you will enter their former temple. Join us to learn why it is no longer safe for them to practice their craft in that vault.
DARE you step inside the infamous stone circle?
Highlights
  • 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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Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved our guide (Ewan), he was really funny. Tour was good but would be nice to see more than 3 rooms. Kids were suitably scared 😉

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Natalushka80
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very amusing and enthusiastic tour guide, and the vaults shown have interest. However, we attempted to fact-check some of the more spurious claims after the tour, and our only results were other people attempting due diligence without success. I recommend rather to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank daid k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great evening of fun and a little bit of history in Edinburgh. Darren was our Tour Guide, he gave a great tour!

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank NorthStar55244
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really cool showing the vaults and understanding their construction and use in the old days, entertaining!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lacey-Jae O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Takes about 90 mins. Really interesting stories and history on the vaults past. Visit 3 vaults in total. Recommend combining with st Mary close tour as this is not a hidden street. Dean was a great guide with plenty humour. My 15 year old twin...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Debjani G
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Response from AnneOrquiza | Reviewed this property |
About two hours.
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leadianneyoung
3 March 2019|
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Response from martymcd25 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it’s quite wide open when your underground as the rooms are all empty and your not too far away from the exit at anytime so you should be ok
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harrisandangie
13 February 2019|
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Response from StephanieW3866 | Reviewed this property |
You could... But i personally wouldn't recommend. It's quite a dark and humid place. Also the information provided is on the scary / ghost related/haunting side of history so you may not get the full experience of it if you... More
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