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 “Enjoyed getting my scare on!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Le Roeulx, Belgium on September 10th, 2014 I am always up for a good fright and I thought this tour would be great to learn more history and possibly get a bit of a fright. Our guide was fantastic giving many great tales and providing some interesting history. Now I don't get frightened easily but without spoiling anything I sure let out one heck of a squeal in the prison. Would recommend if you enjoy an outing where you are given some good tales and the possibility of a fright too. Just might want to bring a small flash light as parts of the tour can be quite dark. Had a fantastic time and would do it again.

  • Rating: 5 “The guide was fantastic and the visit well worth it!”

    Reviewed by Claire from Sheffield, United Kingdom on August 31st, 2014 Things I learned about Edinburgh on my first ever visit were fascinating. The guide was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable and amusing. I recommend this tour to all my friends! Thank you!

  • Rating: 4 “Very entertaining.”

    Reviewed by Anita from Studley, United Kingdom on August 6th, 2014 Would have liked even moe facts.

  • Rating: 5 “Creepy and funny!”

    Reviewed by Keeley on July 29th, 2014 The guide we had was really funny and knew a lot about Edinburgh. Genuinely a very creepy experience too, particularly in the vaults under he bridge!

    Would highly recommend!

  • Rating: 3 “A brief view of historical locations and a couple of spooky stories”

    Reviewed by Kathryn from Bountiful, United States on July 23rd, 2014 Not your fault-I should have looked for a history based tour. I would have liked less scary story telling and seeing more of the locations.

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