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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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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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Departure Point
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The worst tour ive ever been on. The tour guide was entertaining in a way. But graveyard wasnt scary and the vaults were a load of crap. 2 rooms one with a few stones in the middle of it. So disappointing.
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Tuesday ran the tour with a group of around 25 of us, she did an amazing job! She was really informative but still managed to keep the tour fun whilst hitting us with all the harsh facts of Edinburgh back in the day. Would recommend!
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I got the impression from the write up that the tour would go to the castle so be warned it’s zero to do with the castle. I thought the guide did a good job and was trying her best but I think the whole thing could have been dong in half the time. We left early because we’d had
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This tour made absolutely no sense whatsoever. You visit ‘underground vaults’ that are up a flight of stairs in a building? The tour consists of an unnecessary walk from lawnmarket to said building where you essentially visit 4 x bare brick rooms. There is no historical factual
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booked the tour through the "get your guide" app and found that this was one of the cheapest options. joined the tour group and taken down to the location of the vaults in Niddry St to have details checked. we were then taken into the vaults and shown around. the vaults
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