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

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


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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    Live guide: English

    Duration: 105 minutes

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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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  • Rating: 5 “Highly entertaining”

    Reviewed by Kenneth from Elderslie, United Kingdom on 22 October 2014 Not what my wife and I expected which was cheesy scares. The guide (Jerry) was very informative and charismatic and held the attention of the group throughout. Certainly was very good value for money.

  • Rating: 3 “Far fetched”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Midlothian Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 15 October 2014 Not as scary as I'd thought, read up about it and expected a little more, but tour guide was really good tho, overall quite a fun night out.

  • Rating: 4 “Ok but a bit tame”

    Reviewed by Linda from Widnes, United Kingdom on 12 October 2014 The guide was good and information he gave was detailed but the route and graveyard were noisy and spoilt the atmosphere in the graveyard, but that is beyond the control of the guide.

  • Rating: 5 “very entertaining and informative”

    Reviewed by Avril from West Linton, United Kingdom on 6 October 2014 great fun night out!

  • Rating: 5 “Fun, interesting and creepy!”

    Reviewed by Jacqueline from Hamilton, Canada on 24 September 2014 Our guide Gerry was phenomenal and the tour itself was great! Our only complaint was the lack of consideration of other people on the tour with us. The whole point of doing this tour at night is the ambiance it creates. Yet, people insisted on using the very bright flashlights on their cell phones while we were in the vaults, or constantly taking pictures with flash. One person was even holding a camcorder up over her head right in front of me for a good part of the tour. Very distracting! People also kept laughing and chattering with each other at points in the tour when the guide was trying to build tension and atmosphere with the stories he was telling. If you are going on this tour, I highly recommend it, but be considerate of others on the tour and leave your cell phones and camcorders at home or in your pocket.

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