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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • 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
Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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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.
What to Expect

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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Reviewed yesterday
Very good and very funny!

My friend and I booked for both vaults and graveyard ghost tour and our tour guide was very funny, theatrical and shows a lot of enthusiasm when telling the history!

Thank tiffyavl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
This was so interesting!

Naomi was our guide and she was absolutely fantastic - she really knew her stuff! The tour was great - so informative and interesting and gives you a real feel for how Edinburgh would’ve been like in the past (a wee bit grim!!). Loved this...More

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 6 days ago
History of common folk

I did this tour before, with Mercat, and liked it so much I did it again, this time with my grandsons, 11 and 14. They were amazed! They got a great sense of the lives of people who had to live and work in the...More

Thank Geri S
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Geri What a wonderful review, thank you! Great to know that your grandsons really enjoyed the storytelling and it sounds like they left with a lot to think about. I am sure the experience will remain with them, as it did with you the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago
Doomed, Dead, & Buried

Our guide was Ella and she was amazing. She is a gifted storyteller with a bright, cheery disposition. She was organized, engaging, and very easy to hear and follow (a must for tour guides). Ask her about her side hobby as a textile designer...More

Thank drjhatfield
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your tour with us. Ella is a tornado of energy and always take extraordinary care of her groups, it is no surprise that you had a fabulous tour with her. All the best...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Doomed, Dead and Buried Tour

Excellent evening walking tour, across various locations around the old town, from the starting point on the Royal mile, to the snickets leading off it and down to the vaults. Learned a lot, the guide (Sam) really knew his local history, location details and made...More

Thank lucyjanemayers
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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