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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • Visit vaults only accessible with a guide on an Edinburgh Old Town walking tour 
  • An atmospheric experience suitable for adults and kids alike 
  • Let your guide bring 300 years of history to life
Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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No visit to Edinburgh is complete without descending to the South Bridge Vaults, home to more than 300 years of history. Escape the city’s icy winds on a historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town, both above and below ground. Explore excavated tunnels only accessible with a guide, and listen to commentary that brings the former residences to life. Choose between two different departure times, and upgrade to include a special souvenir.
What to Expect

Your tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an overview of Edinburgh’s rich history. After two stops above ground, descend to South Bridge Vaults and explore the tunnels by candlelight.

Learn about how the vaults came into fruition and listen to spine-chilling tales of death, disease, and body snatching by the infamous Burke and Hare. Plus, see relics abandoned by the former residents of the vaults.

The tour concludes in the Discovery Room. Here you can gain access to exhibits containing further information on the South Bridge Vaults.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Doomed, Dead and Buried Tour

Excellent evening walking tour, across various locations around the old town, from the starting point on the Royal mile, to the snickets leading off it and down to the vaults. Learned a lot, the guide (Sam) really knew his local history, location details and made...More

Thank lucyjanemayers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Don’t miss this tour

We had a fantastic tour with Fred as our guide. A brand new underground world was shown and described in a very knowledgable way. Highly recommended

1  Thank Bickan
Reviewed 1 week ago
Day over in Edinburgh

Great informative and historically interesting tour. Also good activity when it rains. Our guide was very entertaining and informative.

Thank 520hugov
Reviewed 1 week ago
underground Vaults

Fab tour thoroughly enjoyed it our tour guide was very knowledgeable, would definitely recommend this.

Thank Dawn A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very Educational

This was our first trip to Edinburgh and we booked this up as our first thing to do, and I am so glad we did. Naomi our guide was obviously passionate about the city and it's history and this came across to our group, which...More

Thank Juchill68
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Juchill68 Thanks for your review - I'm delighted you had such a good time on our tour with Naomi! She is very passionate about Edinburgh's history, as you can imagine, all our guides are. There are so many stories to introduce to visitors and...More

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4 June 2018|
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Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
No, this tour was not a haunted tour. The historical facts were more than entertaining enough.
Jen R
3 May 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half