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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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 “our trip was absolutely phenomenal, thanks to our guide.”

    Reviewed by Gillian – Airdrie, United Kingdom on 16 May 2015 Decided it was time to find out what all the hype was about regarding the city of the dead tours. After booking the double dead tour we were still feeling rather skeptical, however, we were not in the slightest disappointed. I would definitely recommend this tour to all who visit the burgh.

  • Rating: 5 “GREAT!”

    Reviewed by Mercedes – Spain on 12 April 2015 The tour around the city was great! Our guide made an excellent job and he was very good at telling the stories. We loved to know a little bit about the dark side of Edimburgh!

  • Rating: 5 “excellent experience.”

    Reviewed by Margaret – Paisley, United Kingdom on 31 March 2015 Fun scary excellent experience. A must do when in Edinburgh. Fantastic stories.

  • Rating: 5 “Fabulous”

    Reviewed by Mj – Carlisle, United States on 10 March 2015 Entertaining and educational without the boring bits!!

  • Rating: 5 “Brilliant experience our guide was exceptional!!!”

    Reviewed by steven – Broadstairs, United Kingdom on 10 February 2015 Brilliant tour, our guides knowldge and enthusiam was second to none. Very interesting and would recommend to everyone.

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  • “A great tour that made good entertainment and an interesting night.”

    “Our tour guide was brilliant, she was friendly, patient and totally informative: the tour was value for money. A well carried out ending to the tour: much screaming!”

    RussellfromLaunceston, Australia

  • “Entertaining and enjoyment plus”

    “Our guide was engaging and quite theatrical. He dressed for the part which added to the atmosphere. He was clearly knowledgeable and had a quirky sense of humour which went over very well. Well done”

    JanellefromPerth, Australia

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