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  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    1. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

    These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.

    The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

    Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stori...

    Really good guide, unfortunately cannot remember his name but I think a career in stand up beckons!

  • Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    2. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.

    Great tour, lots of information and humour and fairly enjoyed. Also a few spooks along the way. Fascinating city with a fascinating history

  • Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    Join this 75-minute tour of Edinburgh for the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!

    Darren the tour guide is the best guide I have ever come across anywhere in the world! The knowledge he has and the way he presents the tour is amazing!

  • Comedy Horror Show: Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

    4. Comedy Horror Show: Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

    Enjoy a theatrical sightseeing tour of Edinburgh onboard the Ghost Bus, a beautifully refurbished vintage double-decker, painted in traditional midnight black.

    Learn about Edinburgh’s grave robbers, plague victims, and the ghosts that reside in the most haunted city in Europe. Explore the city's gruesome past, while admiring its most famous monuments, including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Greyfriar's Kirk, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Mile. As you traverse the Old Town and New Town, visit the sites of murders, tortures, and executions. Hear about the infamous Burke and Hare, and the hundreds of women who were drowned or burned as witches. The bus, which belonged to the Necropolis Bus Company, boasts decorative features that include atmospheric lamps and window curtains. In 1967, the entire fleet was destroyed in a mysterious fire, and only one bus survived.

    It was fun!!! I think this was the best thing I have booked Everyone should have this experience. The guide Sam was brilliant.

  • Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    5. Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a fun ghost walk through the dark side of the city center. Learn more about Burke and Hare and hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching and mysterious murders. Start on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide and venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes.  

    Amazing, David (Australian David) was spectacular so thorough, really had the perfect personality for the job, so engaging and really drew the crowd in. Genuinely learnt so much in 2 hours it was incredible highly recommend this as an Edinburgh staple for any visit.

  • Edinburgh: Extreme Paranormal Underground Ghost Tour

    6. Edinburgh: Extreme Paranormal Underground Ghost Tour

    Experience a ghost tour best suited for those who consider themselves to be very brave and venture into some of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations, above and below ground. This adults-only tour is not for the faint hearted, and ideal for hardened ghost hunters - or non-believers. You will journey down the old wynds (alleys) that lead to the world’s most haunted graveyard. Then, take a walk along the path of death! Below the pavement “ghosts” lurk. Journey through paranormal tales of ghost and hear both sides of the story. Uncover true and terrifying tales of hangings, torture, murders, witches and cannibals. 

    This tour was called ‘extreme paranormal’ ghost tour….the guide (hangman) was brilliant but the tour itself was not very scary at all… especially as we had booked it in the evening to make it feel scarier!

  • Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    7. Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh Vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile on cobblestone streets. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Next, make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the...

    Enjoyed the experience, much to the credit of Margaret Ann. She was funny and informative, and made me jump out of my skin 2 or 3 times! however I personally felt I could have done without the ghostly aspects and just done a historic tour of the vaults instead.

  • Edinburgh: Old Town and Underground Ghost Tour

    8. Edinburgh: Old Town and Underground Ghost Tour

    Join an Early Afternoon Ghost Tour in Edinburgh and enjoy a walk with a professional local guide dressed in full period costume. See historic closes in the old town on this 1-hour tour as your guide tells you about Edinburgh’s dark past. Head down into the city’s underground vaults, located below the historic South Bridge, just off Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. The vaults are known to be some of the most haunted in the world and many a ghost has been spotted lurking around by visitors and guides. Experience an afternoon filled with ghosts, torture, death, and horror in Scotland’s historic capital.

    Tour guide Merry Andrew showed the history of some parts of Old town Edinburgh showing the old courts and Parliaments with interesting tails and stories about the characters of those times and taken underground with tails of ghosts and stories behind them.

  • Edinburgh: Evening Underground Ghost Tour

    9. Edinburgh: Evening Underground Ghost Tour

    Experience the world's most haunted city on a ghost tour of Edinburgh and be spooked by one of the city's most infamous sons as they lead you around the dark side of the Old Town. Discover the hidden wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile and hear some of Edinburgh’s horrifying secrets. Then, visit what is regarded as the most haunted graveyard in the world at "Greyfriars Kirkyard." Finally, go deep underground and explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the streets. Completed in 1788, the series of chambers were used to house taverns and as storage space for illicit material, including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for their medical experiments. Journey through over 400 years of history and hear terrifying true tales of hangings, torture, murders and witchcraft. Shiver at the weird noises and unexplained smells that make an appearance after dark! 

    Nell was fun and knowledgeable. The tour itself was the right length in duration and distance. Nell made it fun and scary. My husband and I recommend booking the tour with Nell as a guide

  • Edinburgh: Fright Night Underground Ghost Tour

    10. Edinburgh: Fright Night Underground Ghost Tour

    Discover the dark and chilling history of Edinburgh with an experienced and energetic guide. As you wind through the hidden wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile you will be entertained by this passionate and engaging storyteller who, dressed in full period costume, will regale you with dark tales concerning the vaults and fill you in on some of the ghostly sightings and events that visitors often experience.  Then, visit what is regarded as the most haunted graveyard in the world at “Greyfriars Kirkyard.” Finally, go deep underground and explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the streets. Completed in 1788, the series of chambers were used to house taverns and as storage space for illicit material, including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for their medical experiments. Journey through over 400 years of history and hear terrifying true tales of hangings, tortur...

    Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .

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We were lucky enough to have Tuesday as our Gide to the fascinating tour of the vaults. She was very good indeed. Very informative and knowledgeable about the area and history but also brought a good dose of humour to our tour. Could not recommend highly enough.

Very interesting look at some Edinburgh history that isn’t the norm. It scratches the surface of Edinburgh’s brutal past. Well worth it for a bit of something different

Tour was excellent, Darren was a great tour guide, was very knowledgeable and informative whilst making the experience fun, would recommend. 5 Star.

Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .

This was an interesting way to learn a bit of history. Nora, our guide, was very informative and entertaining.