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Mercat Tours

#17 of 188 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, Scotland
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+44 131 225 5445
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10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!'

We're...

'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!'

We're a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh's stories. We're the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality.

With a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we'll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history.

We promise:

- Guaranteed departures, daily, year round

- The smallest group size in the city

- Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults

- 'Family business' customer care

Join us to visit:

- Exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults

- Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse

- Tours daytime and evening

- Historical and ghostly

Please get in touch and we'll help you choose the right tour for you.

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US$36.52*
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh...
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US$15.11*
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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Night Walking Including Historic Underground Vaults

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Historic tour of the vaults.

We entered to vaults, underneath Blair Street where Simon showed us around. It was very interesting to hear what went on under the streets of old Edinburgh town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We entered to vaults, underneath Blair Street where Simon showed us around. It was very interesting to hear what went on under the streets of old Edinburgh town.

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Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a most interesting walking tour of the Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace with our Guide Sue. She was very professional and made the tour really fascinating. She had what I call 3D information at her finger tips. Well done and thank you very much Sue. Would thoroughly recommend this 90 minute tour.

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Thank Claire S
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your 5 star review. Sue really does love her history tours and passing all her knowledge on to visitors. hope you enjoyed your tour through the Palace of Holyroodhouse just as much. Do visit us again if you can. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

lizzie was a really friendly host even though she was loosing her voice she still gave a great tour it was a small group which made the tour even better and intimate in my opinion it was well worth the money and you get a free drink at the end in there own little bar type area if i had... More 

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Thank Nathan R
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi Nathan, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. the "scary" part is always hard to pull of. We don't really advertise as scary since everyone reacts differently but obviously we still try to unnerve you. we do offer later tours s well that don't allow kids on the tour. maybe next time you're visiting Edinburgh join one of our Hidden... More 

Cumbria
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I did the ghost tour on New Years Day as part of our family trip to Edinburgh, for new year. The tour with Stefanie was fantastic and pretty realistic, to the point my son got scared and actually lost his hat, although not known at the time. When we knew we hunted high and low and couldn't... More 

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MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Thank you for your great feedback. Glad the hat arrived safe and sound. We do have one interesting lost and found box so definitely contact us once you lost something down in the vaults. We will always try to get it back to you. Great to hear that you loved your tour. I'll make sure to let Stefanie... More 

Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the Edinburgh vaults with my friend and it was really good our tour guide Simon was really good. He had me scared but I would recommend the Edinburgh vaults tour at night that's when a lot of activity happens. So don't just take me word go and do it and find out your self. I give Simon our tour... More 

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MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. I can promise you that the activity does not completely depend on the time of the day. All our History Tours don't even really mention the ghosts and some of them had really high activities so you can never be completely sure. That being said the late night tours do set up the mood... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the highlights from the tours we did! It was full of history but was made so much fun. A great way to experience Edinburgh in a fun n memorable way. Credit to our guide Heather who kept us interested and the atmosphere dramatic. Thank you

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1 Thank BeccaACox
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. Great to hear that we've been one of your highlights. I'll make sure to let Heather know as well about how much you enjoyed the tour with her. Do visit us again if you can. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

Reykjavik
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Me and a few friends went on a gloomy Sunday night. We did book the tickets in advance (which I recommend since limited space) and opted for the Evening of Ghosts and Ghouls. I have to admit that when I first saw our guide, because she was young, I thought to myself that I'd hoped for someone "older and wiser".... More 

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1 Thank AldaHanna
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you a lot for your great 5 star review. Great to hear that Amandine completely made the tour for you. We do have guides of all ages and experience but believe me - they're all fantastic storyteller so they should all be able to give you a perfect tour. I'll make sure to let Amandine know as well... More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although I can be quite a sceptic, my wife enjoys paranormal TV programmes and was really looking forward to the ghost walk. Whilst the Guide Stefanie was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the actual vault experience felt like a walk through someone's old cellar and despite Stefanies best efforts, it was not even slightly atmospheric or frightening. I can see why one... More 

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Thank Neil C
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi Neil, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that you didn't have the experience you were hoping for. It's always hard to predict and obviously not everyone can like the same things so I do appreciate your honesty and will feed your comments back to the rest of the team. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

Townsville, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the guided ghost tour with Laura, it was so much fun! It wasn't only a ghost tour but Laura provided us with a lot of information on the history and background of the stories she was telling us. 10/10 would do again and if we have enough time whilst we're here we would love to do the history... More 

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Thank gweedus
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for your review. All our guides are highly knowledgeable and love sharing everything that they know about Edinburgh. Do definitely join us again for a History Tour. It's a completely different experience from the Ghost Tours and I'm sure you'll love it. Don't forget to bring your ticket for your returner discount. Kind Regards, Gesine More 

Kakopetria, Cyprus
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A kids tour. Just a walk with horror stories in a boyscout style. It was realy a waist os time and money.

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Thank lguimpel
MercatToursLtd, Visitor Services at Mercat Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your tour with us. Usually Doomed Dead & Buried tends to be a bit more darker due to the dark history bits being told. Would love to discuss this further especially which parts you didn't like exactly. We can't change if we don't know what to... More 

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