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  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    1. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    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 have 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 stori...

    Really good guide, unfortunately cannot remember his name but I think a career in stand up beckons!

  • Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    2. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.

    Great tour, lots of information and humour and fairly enjoyed. Also a few spooks along the way. Fascinating city with a fascinating history

  • Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    Join this 75-minute tour of Edinburgh for the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!

    Darren the tour guide is the best guide I have ever come across anywhere in the world! The knowledge he has and the way he presents the tour is amazing!

  • City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    4. City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    Tour Edinburgh to your own schedule on the open-top sightseeing bus, and enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the lively city. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 10-20 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Norths...

    Luckily we had a dry day so were able to sit upstairs. I always take a bus tour in a new city, great way to see all the sights. Our guide spoke clearly and had interesting comments to me. Most enjoyable

  • Comedy Horror Show: Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

    5. Comedy Horror Show: Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

    Enjoy a theatrical sightseeing tour of Edinburgh onboard the Ghost Bus, a beautifully refurbished vintage double-decker, painted in traditional midnight black.

    Learn about Edinburgh’s grave robbers, plague victims, and the ghosts that reside in the most haunted city in Europe. Explore the city's gruesome past, while admiring its most famous monuments, including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Greyfriar's Kirk, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Mile. As you traverse the Old Town and New Town, visit the sites of murders, tortures, and executions. Hear about the infamous Burke and Hare, and the hundreds of women who were drowned or burned as witches. The bus, which belonged to the Necropolis Bus Company, boasts decorative features that include atmospheric lamps and window curtains. In 1967, the entire fleet was destroyed in a mysterious fire, and only one bus survived.

    It was fun!!! I think this was the best thing I have booked Everyone should have this experience. The guide Sam was brilliant.

  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    6. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a Harry Potter themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical 2-hour guided tour. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience.

    My daughters had a lovely time exploring Edinburgh city along with gaining knowledge about the Harry Potter tour . The guide Kieran was very interactive and made the trip worth looking forward to. Thank you.

  • Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

    7. Edinburgh: Royal Attractions with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

    Experience stunning city views and natural vistas with this 48-hour Royal Edinburgh Ticket, and learn Edinburgh's history and culture as your tour. Easy to use, the all-inclusive ticket is fantastic value if you want to go to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The ticket also includes 48-hour unlimited travel on three of Edinburgh's hop-on-hop-off bus tours; Edinburgh City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour and Majestic Tour. Use the bus to reach the attractions, leaving the city behind and heading to the coast at Newhaven through Edinburgh’s New Town. With stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia, it couldn’t be simpler. As the bus returns to the city center, you can jump off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile to walk up to Edinburgh Castle. A multi-language audio commentary in English, G...

    Great value for money to use 3 bus services and for 48 hours it was great value. The attractions were all very good , bought separately this has saved us about £50 and we used the bus all day on both days to go to different areas of the city and not just the attractions

  • Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    8. Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a fun ghost walk through the dark side of the city center. Learn more about Burke and Hare and hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching and mysterious murders. Start on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide and venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes.  

    Amazing, David (Australian David) was spectacular so thorough, really had the perfect personality for the job, so engaging and really drew the crowd in. Genuinely learnt so much in 2 hours it was incredible highly recommend this as an Edinburgh staple for any visit.

  • Edinburgh: Extreme Paranormal Underground Ghost Tour

    9. Edinburgh: Extreme Paranormal Underground Ghost Tour

    Experience a ghost tour best suited for those who consider themselves to be very brave and venture into some of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations, above and below ground. This adults-only tour is not for the faint hearted, and ideal for hardened ghost hunters - or non-believers. You will journey down the old wynds (alleys) that lead to the world’s most haunted graveyard. Then, take a walk along the path of death! Below the pavement “ghosts” lurk. Journey through paranormal tales of ghost and hear both sides of the story. Uncover true and terrifying tales of hangings, torture, murders, witches and cannibals. 

    This tour was called ‘extreme paranormal’ ghost tour….the guide (hangman) was brilliant but the tour itself was not very scary at all… especially as we had booked it in the evening to make it feel scarier!

  • Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    10. Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh Vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile on cobblestone streets. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Next, make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the...

    Enjoyed the experience, much to the credit of Margaret Ann. She was funny and informative, and made me jump out of my skin 2 or 3 times! however I personally felt I could have done without the ghostly aspects and just done a historic tour of the vaults instead.

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What people are saying about Royal Mile

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 26,219 reviews

We were lucky enough to have Tuesday as our Gide to the fascinating tour of the vaults. She was very good indeed. Very informative and knowledgeable about the area and history but also brought a good dose of humour to our tour. Could not recommend highly enough.

Very interesting look at some Edinburgh history that isn’t the norm. It scratches the surface of Edinburgh’s brutal past. Well worth it for a bit of something different

Rory your a legend, absolutely loved this tour! Great history lessons fantastic views and funny jokes. Would definitely book again next year with this company.

Tour was excellent, Darren was a great tour guide, was very knowledgeable and informative whilst making the experience fun, would recommend. 5 Star.

Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .