Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

From £14 per person

Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this scary place.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area
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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 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 stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

  • Guided tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Ticket Booth, outside of the Bank of Scotland • This is across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
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we were booked on the 9pm show after being inspired to go from an old Ghost Adventures episode! our tour guide Adrian was great and full of knowledge about the city and the horrors that lie beneath it! we will definitely be back for a late night scarier tour soon!

6 December 2021

Adrian was a great tour and very knowledgeable! He knew lots of facts and it was quite spooky just being inside the vaults in the dark. It’s definitely a place with some bad vibes. Creepy enough - something tapped my arm during the tour in the last room and it definitely was not my husband. Recommended just because it’s very interesting to see the vaults. Just giving it a 4 because it’s a bit shorter than other walking tours I have done for less money. Great work!

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6 December 2021

The tour was a great experience, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the history of Edinburgh and the effect it had today. We walked around the city before eventually being brought down to the darkness where the fun really began. Adrian was an extremely kind tour guide and told the story with a mix of humour and a keen interest. Would definitely recommend.

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30 November 2021

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