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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.

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Mercat Tours
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.
  • 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
  • Choose between two different departure times for your convenience 
  • Upgrade to include a special souvenir to take home with you
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Reviewed yesterday
Interesting and fun

A friend recommended Mercat Tours for a fun and unique experience, and she was right! We enjoyed learning more about the history of Edinburgh, and visiting the underground vaults. There is some walking involved, but nothing too strenuous. A great way to see parts of...More

Thank Michele L
Reviewed yesterday
Excellent Irish-accented guide to Edinburgh's historical underworld

Andrew was really friendly and patient, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable storyteller. He was brilliant at setting the scene and conveying what places would have felt like centuries ago. We were given a heads-up as regards the physical space underground, which was comfortably warm, with the...More

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This tour was a great way to spend 90 minutes. We learned about the history of the city and how it came to be that the caverns existed. An engineering feat, very impressive. Fred was a great guide: friendly, helpful and clearly loves the city...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 3 days ago
Brilliant tour

First class tour through the underground vaults - great host, Anna, who was very knowledgable and brought the stories of who lived and worked down there to life. Would definitely recommend. Also very good value. Obviously (!), the vaults are very dark and the ground...More

Thank claire c
Reviewed 1 week ago
Interesting but not too spooky

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tour seeing as there are lots to choose from in the city. I am pleased we went for this one as it was very informative but not too scary. Special mention to Nick, and Nicky who conducted...More

Thank Keira K
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4 June 2018|
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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
3 May 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half
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