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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh provided by Mercat Tours

Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Overview
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.
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You'll start at
Mercat Cross
High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UKMercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.
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    Mercat Tours
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    Mercat Cross
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Edinburgh Old Town
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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28 Blair St
28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UKMercat Tours, 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. This tour ends after a visit to our Blair Street Underground Vaults.
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Highlights
  • 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
  • Choose between two different departure times for your convenience 
  • Upgrade to include a special souvenir to take home with you
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
Duration
1h 15m
Return Details
28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • No Children under 5
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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mcrh2015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
Interesting visit to the vaults. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. A different thing to do in Edinburgh. We really enjoyed it.
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 1 week ago
Hi MCRH, Thanks for taking the time to review us. Really happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and thanks for your kind words about our guide. All the best, Kim
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Michael C wrote a review Mar 2020
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An excellent tour with Ewen who was very engaging and keen to make sure the tour was enjoyable. Give the man a pay-rise he really knows his stuff and made it all very exciting. Tour lasted over an hour as we were taken on a walk beforehand for a bit of background knowledge. Well
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Michael, We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and the storytelling of our guide Ewen. It means a lot and we look forward to seeing you again! Remember to hold onto your previous tickets for a £2 discount. Best Wishes, Kim
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Hannah B wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was the first tour we did when we arrived in Edinburgh and it's safe to say it was a great start to our trip. Nicky was knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions along the way. If you have a spare hour or two, definitely check it out!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Han, Thanks for making us a part of your trip. We're really glad that you enjoyed your time with us and our guide Nicky! Thanks for recommending us and all the best, Kim
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jessie wrote a review Mar 2020
Wilmington, North Carolina3 contributions
This tour was awesome!! Tuesday was a great tour guide, she was very enthusiastic, and very honest. I’m one room she had us turn out all the lights while she told us about the room. It was super eerie, highly recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Jessie, We're glad you had an awesome time with us! Thank you very much for your kind words about our guide and we're very glad that we could earn your recommendation. All the best, Kim
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Nick J wrote a review Mar 2020
Penarth, United Kingdom19 contributions7 helpful votes
I have to admit that I was not interested in what was advertised but the wife was all for it so off we went.....How wrong my original thoughts were A FASCINATING AND INTERESTING TOUR. Loads of history stories of doom and gloom and how the people lived and endured squalor in
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Nick, We're so glad we could change your mind and that you really enjoyed your experience with us! It means a lot and we're delighted we could earn your recommendation. All the best and thank you, Kim
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Brill!
Absolutely awesome tour with a friendly, fun and knowledgeable guide (Lauren). No one jumps out, just a bunch of hi
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lewjaihol12
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Please read why three stars
Went with friends and our guide was Hess. The reason I have put three stars is i hate theatrical stuff and she was
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Allyssa H
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Evening of Ghosts and Ghouls
Our guide was Steve who was scarily entertaining. We would highly reccommended doing this tour with him.
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Tim K
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Great fun
Thoroughly enjoyed this evening. The two guides bounced off one another like a true double act. Their contrasting s
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lindseymX777NI
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Thrilling Adventure!
Our tour was extremely fun and thrilling. A nice balance of history and ghost stories to introduce any new comers t
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Catherine L
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History tour
Very informative with a knowledgeable guide. It was interesting to visit places I would have never have known where
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GoPlaces16666998387
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Ghost tour
Even though the weather was typical of Scotland, I had a brilliant time out. Our guide hess was fantastic really pu
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sharkdaddy78
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Secrets of the Royal Mile
Awesome and informative tour! Made our day, Margret-Ann (our caddie) was wounderfull, knowledgable and passionate a
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HayleyL632
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A great experience!
Me and my partner went on the Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour yesterday and we both throughly enjoyed it! Having bo
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StephenY755
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& Now for something completely different
With Naomi as our guide on this evening of entertaining but horrible histories of Edinburgh through the ages, we ha
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annapglan
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Doomed, Dead & Buried.
We had a fabulous guide called Helena, she gave a lot of information and made it fun. The Vaults were really cool
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483jacobl
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Ghost
They only advertised 3 ghost but I felt 4: the cobbler, the child, the watcher and the SPIRIT of a good time. OOOo
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went here in december
i went here in December you go to your meet up place on the high street then your met by your guide you have to wa
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justj12345
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Great historical tour
I really enjoyed this historical tour. Loads of details and even with the cooler temps it was a pleasant way to le
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brittanyniro
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Amazing tour!
Booked this tour last minute and we absolutely loved it! Karis was our tour guide and she was amazing! She really d
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  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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