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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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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
We have small groups (max 15) and "Tour Talk" radio sets to make social distancing easier. Please bring your own face masks and earphones (disposable earphones can be provided).
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Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    Mercat Cross
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Edinburgh Old Town
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll end at
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Stu P wrote a review Sep 15
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Fantastic tour, Lauren really knew her stuff, very well informed and to go under the city was just amazing, to think people lived down there!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 6 days ago
Hello Stu, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. The vaults are fascinating aren't they? We're really happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and thank you for your kind words about Lauren! We're sure they'll make her day. All the best, Kim
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Andrea W wrote a review Aug 2020
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The tour was excellent & Hannah was very funny & a great story teller- could have listened to her all day she was so interesting! Was great seeing different parts of Edinburgh that you could easily miss!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello Andreaw, Wow, what a lovely review. Thank you! It sounds like Hannah did a great job. We're so glad we could show you around and show you some sights you might not have seen before. All the best and thanks for choosing Mercat, Kim
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TravellingSoldier wrote a review Aug 2020
Auchinleck, United Kingdom17 contributions1 helpful vote
Had an outstanding tour of the old haunted vaults with our guide, James Douglas. James took us on a journey at street level and gave us all a short history of the city and its' inhabitants! He later took us underground to the vaults! A spooky hour long tour!
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Hello Christopher, Thanks for joining us! We're so glad that you enjoyed the tour and very grateful that you took the time to review. It means a lot. Best Wishes, Kim
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Christian Janss wrote a review Jun 2020
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They were very proactive and helpful about the cancellation from Covid-19. They gave me a refund and were very nice about it. I will see them in the future.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Owner at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded Jun 26, 2020
Hi there Jan, Thanks for getting in touch, its great to hear you're happy with our service - even without being on tour! Until then, take care and stay safe. Kat
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Expedition623041 wrote a review May 2020
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Due to COVID, Kat went above and beyond to reschedule me 3 TIMES and then arrange me a private tour! Who does that? Now we are cancelled due to COVID, but the minute we can go, we will! Kat was human above policies, kind, helpful. WOW! The airlines and other tour companies could
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Owner at Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded Jun 26, 2020
Hi there, Wow! What a lovely review, thank you! It was a pleasure to help out, hard times are made a little easier if we all support each other. Until we see you in bonny Edinburgh, take care and stay safe. Kat
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About the operator

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701nikkid
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Great tour with excellent guide
Our guide Hannah was really great and even given the covid restrictions of not being able to go not the vaults, we
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ddharmaraj
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Great overview of Edinburgh of yore
Our guide was Nicky and she was very knowledgable and willing to answer questions. Gave us a great view of Edinburg
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archwayhouse
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Excellent tour, very “safe”
Lara was our tour guide and she was brilliant. Lovely storytelling manner and engaged with us in such a lovely way.
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annasJ4778SG
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Amazing experience
What a great time we had on this tour! Highly recommend to book a Ghost tour! Very interesting and informative! The
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103piperj
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Doomed. Dead & Buried
Hands down best tour I’ve been on and I’ve been on a lot of tours. Only downloaded trip advisor so I could say than
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amygD9218AG
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Wouldn’t go again
pricey at £19 a head. Really kind guide but Felt like he was trying to create suspense moments but didn’t work. Did
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Kevin B
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Hidden and Haunted Tour
A fabulous hour of entertainment. Scott was a great guide and accomodated the fact that we had a disabled participa
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alexblainelayter
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Best guided tours
I have done many mercat tours over the years - no visit to Edinburgh without one. I always leave well entertained a
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rosemash
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Excellent tour
Enjoyed this tour victoria was our guide. She was great. Took random photos, and a strange thing appeared on ond of
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379nadinej
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Great tour with a headset
A really entertainment and informative tour with mics and headphones which made it even better. Our tour guide Laur
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carolineroberts30
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Amazing
We had a tour of the grounds around the mile was an amazing tour by Lara we learnt alot of gruesome tales on there
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496dalmad
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Spooky Edinburgh
Such an amazing spooky experience! If you are in Edinburgh you must go to one of these tours. So many hidden storie
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JamesGTravelling
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Jared was hilarious!!!
Really enjoyed the ghost tour and the improvisation Jared gave (the busking saxophone player nearby was a curious a
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Joy R
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Great Experience
It was a last minute decision to take a ghost tour on a Sunday night, but it was definitely worth it, as we learned
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AltabasTravels
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History and intrigue in old Edinburgh
Had a really informative and interesting tour with Nicky. Could really sense her passion and enthusiasm for the hi
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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