Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

From $19.47 per person

Join this tour in Edinburgh and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.

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  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
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This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s. These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them. The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches. Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults.  The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stories. You will also visit our torture exhibition, to explore how and why these items were used.
  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meeting point

      Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern. Please be there 5-minutes before the tour time.

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      • Due to the damp nature of the location, suitable footwear should be worn
      • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
      • Note that the indoor sections of the tour are 1 meter physical distancing areas
      • The Haunted Vaults option is not recommended for children under the age of 12
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      4.4 /5

      based on 1771 reviews

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      Really good experience and would recommend to wear suitable footwear when going in to the vaults as it gets wet nd muddy. We definitely will be visiting again couldn't get enough of the creepiness and my partner was adamant she sure something! Shout out to our guide Maggie she was brilliant, made everyone feel included, had some good jokes made me feel bit more at ease and she was in tune with the group as my partner had to leave the torture room and she spotted that.

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      July 27, 2021

      The guide was great, she had a very strong voice which was easily heard by all. The tour was very interesting starting away from the vaults, covering various points of interest along the way which did take the majority of the tour time. There were well told tales/information in each of the 3 vaults we entered and was very enjoyable. Wear waterproof shoes with good soles/grip as vaults are damp & floor is wet in places depending on recent weather. Worth a visit? Yes.

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      July 23, 2021

      it was great learning about the vaults and the history behind them. our tour guide Tuesday was amazing, she explained things very well and has an amazing presence. they are very respectful of the vaults and their history which is think is something a lot of tours forget to do.

      July 23, 2021

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