City of the Dead: South Bridge Vaults & Covenanter's Prison

City of the Dead: South Bridge Vaults & Covenanter's Prison

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  • Explore Edinburgh's underground city – the South Bridge Vaults
  • Learn all about the city's grisly and often horrific past
  • Make your way through the Greyfriar's Graveyard, where many of Edinburgh's most notable denizens are buried
  • Walk through the terrifying Black Mausoleum

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Key Details

Tour Duration
105 minutes
Live guide

Meeting point

Large black signs against the wall of St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE


Explore Edinburgh's frightening past in this 1.5 hour walking tour of the old city's most haunted locations. See the dark underground city of the South Bridge Vaults, then descend into the murky darkness of the black Mausoleum and Covenanter's Prison.


Explore Edinburgh's most haunted locations in this 1.5 hour walking tour. Visit scenes of horrific torture, murders, and supernatural events, creep through haunted alleyways and dark corridors, and explore the corrupted underbelly of Britain's most haunted city.

First, explore the notorious South Bridge Vaults: dank, forgotten chambers underneath a historic bridge. In crowded 18th-century Edinburgh, the neglected spaces quickly became a hive of illicit activity. Unscrupulous characters descended the moldy steps to visit brothels, taverns, and much, much worse: the vaults were reportedly used by the serial killers Burke and Hare for their hideous medical experiments.

Then, tiptoe to Greyfriars Kirk and the infamous Covenanter's Prison and Black Mausoleum. It is said that the ghost of Bloody George Mackenzie still haunts these grounds. Be warned: the Mackenzie Poltergeist is believed to leave mysterious bruises, bites, and cuts on unlucky visitors.

After all this, you might need a stiff drink: luckily for you, the tour finishes with a visit to a Scottish pub.

What's Included

  • Access to:
  • South Bridge Vaults
  • Greyfriar's Graveyard
  • The Covenanters Prison
  • The Black Mausoleum

Good to Know

  • Wear sensible footwear.
  • Warning: The Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause genuine physical and mental distress. You join the tour at your own risk.
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Customer Reviews

(54 Reviews)
4/5 stars
Entertaining and spine chilling

Chose this tour as part of a hen do activity and we were not disappointed. Our guide kept the suspense going throughout whilst telling us about the history.

5/5 stars
Great tour and excellent guide

Excellent and humorous tour, guide Ian was terrific!

4/5 stars
Great night and the guide was informative.

Enjoyable night. Took my boyfriend for his birthday. Will definately try more tours especially the night ones as it adds to the atmosphere.

4/5 stars
Great walk. Great guide.

We chose this tour because we really wanted to visit the vaults. Being able to do the tour at night brings a goth athmosphere to it and allowed us to make even more from our trip to Edinburgh, as the tourist attractions are closed by that time.

1/5 stars
never again

For my pupils it would have been perfect - for the wee ones!!! But for adults? The guide was so drawling, always "laughing" (in a unnatural way) to make the tour more interesting! I can recommend not to book this tour if you´re over the age of 13. I left the tour as soon as we possible (after leaving the vaults)

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City of the Dead

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