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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh provided by Auld Reekie Tours

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A note from Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Indoor sections of the tour are 1 metre physical distancing areas. Whilst the Edinburgh City area is at protected Level 3, we can only accept bookings from those residing in the Edinburgh City area until we drop down to protected level 2.
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Updated 04/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Edinburgh Vaults, one of the city’s most fascinating sights, can only be accessed on a tour. This one focuses exclusively on the vaults, an underground warren below South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step inside with a local guide who’ll reveal tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh, grisly stories from the city’s dark past, and lead you to a hidden witchcraft temple.
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
Return Details
45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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melissa m wrote a review 2 Nov
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This tour is incredible. The horror tour is impressive, book it only if you are brave enough. Darren is the best!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Julieth S wrote a review 2 Nov
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I am not the type of person that usually does these tours, however the experience was amazing. Our guide, Darren, was incredible!!! I totally recommend this tour!!
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Maria121 wrote a review 2 Nov
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Really good tour and experience and interesting to learn about the underground vaults. Our tour guide Tuesday was very friendly, informative and really easy to listen to. Defiantly would recommend
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Date of experience: November 2020
Gary A wrote a review 1 Nov
1 contribution
Absolutely amazing, I work in Edinburgh Town everyday day and couldn't believe what has been under my feet the whole time. Our guide Anna brought it to life, I could have asked her questions for hours.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Fmuddin wrote a review Oct 2020
Sunshine, Australia1 contribution
I enjoyed it. Guide had good presentation/delivery. Was interested to learn about the vaults and their history.
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About the operator

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By: Auld Reekie Tours
So interesting and so creepy
Wow. This was one of the highlights of my Scotland trip! Our tour guide was an amazing story teller, and I was real
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Sarah H
Great time
Due to being off season and with covid going on it ended up just being me and my husband on the tour but it wasnt a
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Best Vaults Tour
I've done several Tours of the Vaults over the years and Auld Reekie Tours is always the best I find. We done this
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Amazing tour especially on Halloween
Tour was amazing, we had Sophie as our host and she was honestly fantastic funny when the time called for serious w
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Great way to spend Halloween!
The guide (Patrice or Matrice - sorry!) Was fantastic. Very spooky and very much worth the cost. I am from Edinburg
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Fascinating and spooky!
Thank you Sophie for a fantastic halloween tour! Had a really great night, fascinating history and spookiness all w
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Great Tour
Great tour. Sophie was informative, funny, and fun. Incredibly friendly and a great way to spend an hour in Edinbur
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The vaults were interesting!
Patrice was our tour guide she was super lovely and informative. I wasn’t really scared on the tour which is good a
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Firstly I'd like to start by saying how great our tour guide, Andrea was. Took out time and listened to the stories
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The Vaults Tour
Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, Sophie immersed us in Edinburgh's 17th century and brought it to back to
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Vaults tour
We planned our tour a few days prior to our trip and on route to Edinburgh we got stuck and had to reschedule our t
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Really enjoyed our tour with the fabulous tour guide Tuesday. Very knowledgable and made the experience welcoming a
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Brilliant Walking Tour
This was a brilliant walking tour that is absolutely fascinating and informative about the gruesome past of Edinbur
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Underground vaults terror tour
I booked through get my guide and was allocated to Auld Reekie tours. Our guide was Darren and he was very informat
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Fascinating and slightly terrifying!!
We had the pleasure of having a very personal tour of the vaults just the two of us with tour guide Anna! It was ab
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Key Details
  • Edinburgh Old Town, Royal Mile, and 1 more
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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