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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.

Reviews (401)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Interesting view of the underground

It was a great tour of the underground vaults below South Street. I learned a lot about the history of the Edinburgh, the bridge, and the lives of the people who lived underground. Thanks Charles for a great tour.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alicia W
Reviewed 6 days ago
Not just anout the vaults

Great tour which also gives an overview of the history of the city and its formation. Guide was excellent.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NarwedH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perfect way to explore the history of Edinburgh

This walking tour was the second and definitely not the last Mercat Tour we’ve taken during our trips to Edinburgh. As always, our tour guide (this time Margret Ann) was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Highly recommend taking a tour - we’ll book one for sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 582svenjaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great to be acquainted to Edinburgh

This tour is If you want to have a snippet of a history of Edinburgh. Great to do when you just arrived in the city prior to doing any tours outside of Scotland. Margaret-Ann was a good story teller, very animated, lively & truly entertaining...More

Thank lyra_AAA_17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Highly recommended!

Highly rekommended! Did the tour at night in the dark... Our guide was very good, very empathetic and made the tour very fun & interesting! 2017-12-27

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June 3, 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
May 2, 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half