City of the Dead: South Bridge Vaults & Covenanter's Prison
Key Details
Tour Duration
105 minutes
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English

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What You'll Do
  • 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
Overview
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.
What to Expect
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
Meeting Point

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

What to Remember
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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