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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour provided by City of Edinburgh Tours

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Old Town Historical and Underground Tour

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Discover the history of Edinburgh from above and below group on a sightseeing tour that offers deeper insight into local history than typical tours. A historian guide leads you around the UNESCO-listed Edinburgh Old Town and reveals underground vaults that are usually off-limits to the general public.
  • Delve deeper into local history on a tour of Edinburgh Old Town
  • Access underground vaults that are usually off-limits
  • Discover historical info that you won't find in the guidebook
  • Enjoy a more intimate glimpse into the area as you explore on foot
Important Information
Departure Point
124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 90 Minute tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
  • Tour led by a well trained, highly knowledgeable and personable guide.
  • Relaxed nature of the tour allows for plenty of questions and further discussion.
  • Learn about the extraordinary events which shaped this great city.
  • Access to our exclusive section of underground.
  • For those who want to learn more about Edinburgh’s past this tour is a must do!
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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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Popular mentions
Glyn T wrote a review Oct 2020
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Did the tour with Hellish Nell as a rather impromptu post wedding activity. Nell made it a lot of fun and we'd definitely recommend doing it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
britishvixen21 wrote a review Oct 2020
TORONTO27 contributions20 helpful votes
Agnes (Natalie) our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it an unforgettable experience. The vaults were absolutely amazing and Agnes really bought the tales to life. would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Al’ wrote a review Oct 2020
Preston, United Kingdom30 contributions2 helpful votes
Hellish Nel our guide did a fantastic job of keeping us all entertained. There were ten of us in the group and we all really enjoyed it! Fascinating facts and gory tales throughout. We thought the vaults section was going to be a bit more extensive, but we’re suitably spooked.
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qwaszc wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Booked the tour randomly while walking down the royal mile, at only £12 a head we weren’t expecting much but it was something to do. We were pleasantly surprised!! Our tour guide was Agnes, she did a wonderful job, in a post lockdown world with a small group of only 5 people
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Jason b wrote a review Oct 2020
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Hellish Nell was and excellent guide her historic knowledge of the area and the gruesome tales made an excellent and creepy tour. We did not see any ghosts but came away with a better understanding and respect for the people who lived in Edinburgh in the medieval period.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Nobody turned up
No body turned up to do the tour we was waiting for an hour. Emailed several times never got a reply back just got
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Brilliant tour
James Douglas guided our ghost tour and he was absolutely brilliant! Even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits :) The
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Very Enjoyable
Really enjoyed it, our guide James was very knowledgeable, scared us a few times as well as make us laugh. I would
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James rocks
James Douglas was our guide and was the best thing I’ve done in Edinburgh. So much fun and truly scary - the energy
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Thanks James, G + P
Despite it being just the 3 of us, James made the tour very entertaining, full of history and banter
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What an awesome night we spent with James Douglas! He was everything you could want in a tour guide: funny, engagin
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Great tour
Booked a ghost tour for Saturday night as something different as the pubs are closed etc and was not disappointed!
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Fascinating stories with James as Guide
My ghost tour with James was wonderful! I am 18 and was alone on my tour, so James was very professional made it a
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Amazing tour!
Myself and my girlfriend were stuck for things to do with there being no pubs open and limited things to do in the
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The amazing James tour guide
We had James for our tour guide banter was 10/10, had a fantastic time, found out loads of information about the ar
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Fantastic Tour in the dark!
I did this tour with my partner in November and we both loved it. James was a fantastic tour guide - knew when to m
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Charlotte P
Great tour and a good laugh in this pandemic!
Great tour given by James, very historical and a good laugh! Would definitely recommend booking and we’ll certainly
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James was fantastic! Full of knowledge and also hilarious. Great walk around Edinburgh as well. Would definitely bo
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An absolute treat.
Could not thank James enough. Booked for my partners birthday and we were not disappointed. Was thoroughly entertai
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Perfect tour with an acknowledged guy - James Douglas
I really enjoyed this tour, it was fun and educating at the same time. Definitely recommend going and especially on
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
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