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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • 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
Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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60 minute tour to our Vaults below South Bridge.
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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.

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.

Reviews (101)
1 - 5 of 65 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
It was very well scripted

Went on are tour yesterday what got me was 2 disabled ladys with leg brace and walking stick euan said he wud walk at an easy pace witch he didn’t telling us that he is gay I thought who cares wat you are we are...More

Thank Fliwerpot1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
This tour isn't accurately described

The reality is that of the hour, around 15 mins is walking from the meeting point to the office to validate tickets and the remaining 45 mins was a tour of three vaulted rooms and a look at another room sealed since the occupant witches...More

3  Thank Sherpa41107168497
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t walk nearer than 1 meter to your guide , whilst trying to engage in friendly conversation... in the middle of the crowded Royal Mile with your family . This will be construed as intimidating behaviour and when you...More

3  Thank superbask
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good guide unmet expectations though

Did the Underground Walking Tour with Ewen of Auld Reekie Tours. Ewen was informative, engaging and funny. This notwithstanding the fact that it was late afternoon and our group of three was his last tour for the day having just finished a big group tour....More

1  Thank Anne O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Good tour if a little short

I booked this tour over others as I did not want a ghost tour. However due to the nature of the vaults they are quite creepy and the history a bit grim so inevitably it was brought to the paranormal. Our tour guide Tuesday, was...More

3  Thank Katy M
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12 April 2018|
Response from Katy M | Reviewed this property |
No it only takes you into the vaults on Niddrys Wynd. It seems the vaults are split up between different tour groups. This tour only takes you into one small corridor with around 3-4 rooms in.
4 April 2018|
Response from Darren C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, to my knowledge the answer to this is NO. I think the way the tour is structured it's not really appropriate for dogs