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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.

Reviews (359)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Good tour but plan ahead

Historical immersion with great facts and accounts thrown in with a very friendly tour guide. This tour was about an hour or thereabouts and contained overground initial walk followed by the vaults underground for the majority of the rest. Avoid if: - hungover - need...More

Thank Sheed888
Reviewed yesterday
Beyond our expectations and thank you Rachel

Would highly recommend this historical tour of the underground vaults of Edinburgh. Our guide was Rachel who brought the history to life in an entertaining and very informative way, I do not wish to say more about the tour as would not like to spoil...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great tour!

We had a great time and it wasn’t too scary for my 8 and 12 year old. Sam was a fantastic tour guide and had the right mix of humour and scare! We definitely learned some Edinburgh history and saw parts we never would have...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 2 days ago
History brought to life

Just to echo Jacky M's review, all of our group had a great tour on Tuesday, Members of the group have said how much they appreciated Margaret-Ann's clear and involving talk and the way she brought history to life for us. Excellent! Martin V

Thank Martin V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Very informative and fun

My husband and I visited Edinburgh for our mini-moon and having never visited Scotland, let alone Edinburgh we were eager to find more about it's history so decided to go on a historical walking tour. Mercat were the first to pop up during a Google...More

Thank Maimykins
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation & the lovely review. Glad you enjoyed your tour with Jared & Margaret Anne - hope you enjoyed your mini-moon, it's a lovely city to choose :) All the best, Jean

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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