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Underground City of the Dead Tour
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Underground City of the Dead Tour

By City of the Dead Tours
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$18.50
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$18.50
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Ages 12-59, max of 5 per group
Duration:1h 20m
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Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Local, expert guide
  • Entry/Admission - City of the Dead Tours
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • St Giles' Cathedral, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK All tours leave from the "Tree of the Dead" outside St Giles Cathedral on the pavement facing the Royal Mile. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure.
Return details
  • Niddry Street South, Niddry St S, Edinburgh, UK

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 89100P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Language: English only
  • Age: Minimum 12
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Underground City of the Dead Tour?
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What is the Underground City of the Dead Tour cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Underground City of the Dead Tour?
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How much time do I need for Underground City of the Dead Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 20m. Discover and book Underground City of the Dead Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 89100P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    St Giles' Cathedral
    High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK
    All tours leave from the "Tree of the Dead" outside St Giles Cathedral on the pavement facing the Royal Mile. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure.
    See address & details
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    City of the Dead Tours
    Stop: 80 minutes - Admission included
    This tour ventures into the most haunted section of Edinburgh’s legendary Underground City, where a population once lived in utter misery. Black as Satan’s jammies, with a fascinating history to match, these vaults were forgotten for centuries and only recently unsealed. This part of the South Bridge Vaults is known as Damnation Alley. With good reason. These dark tunnels and are stalked by a malevolent presence known as the South Bridge Entity.
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  • You'll end at
    Niddry Street South
    Niddry St S, Edinburgh, UK
    See address & details
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Sarah_1382
Sarah_1382
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Unforgettable evening of ghost stories!
Not for the faint hearted! If you love a ghost story or 10 and loved to be spooked, book this tour immediately. Ou
TinaBrazier
TinaBrazier
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Well worth it!
Did the tour with Charlie, who was an excellent storyteller, informative and entertaining. Although we didn’t have
Jesfo6695
Jesfo6695
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Attacked but grateful!
My friend and I went on the Double dead Tour last night, October 1, 2022. It was definitely a night to remember. Ou
Alfred-Eastin24
Alfred-Eastin24
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Very Enjoyable Tour of a City with Rich History
Charlie was a very fun and interesting guide! She had a very extensive knowledge of each location with a lot of int
Nicola H
Nicola H
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Good tour but not a ghost tour
The tour was booked on our daughters request for a large group as we were there for her 30th. The lady was a very
1324amyp
1324amyp
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10/10 recommend
This was a great tour! Definitely a must do! Was very spooky and informative. We had the best tour guide every call
tirnaa
tirnaa
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Really fun experience
I've never done a ghost tour or anything like this before before and wouldn't be big into spooky things but I reall
PrisvS
PrisvS
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Couldn’t live up the hype for me
On Tuesday September 20th we did the Double Dead tour, started at 8.00 PM. I am a sucker for good history and I re
LouiseC946
LouiseC946
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Thoroughly Enjoyable
I did this tour on the 22 September. It was the historical wrapped with the spooky. A thoroughly enjoyable evening
caitlinhF823GG
caitlinhF823GG
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Insightful, fun and entertaining
A wonderful tour packed with cool facts and stories about the Old Vaults, South Bridge and Poltergeist. Pur tour h
oliviaderesteau
oliviaderesteau
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Very good tour of haunted places
Very interesting tour of really spooky places in the city. Im glad to had a chance to see Edinburgh’s undergrounds
Donna B
Donna B
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Best tour guide
Wow, what can I say, This tour was fantastic, We had a brilliant young lady named Beth as our guide, She was fant
ryanaX4774EF
ryanaX4774EF
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Brilliant experience
Charlie our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic!! So engaging and brilliant for groups! 100% reccomend
Heather H
Heather H
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Scared in Scotland
Charlie lead our tour and was both entertaining and historically informative. It was spooky and interesting the who
Eggo12
Eggo12
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The Stephenson’s. Ontario, Canada
Great tour. Our guide Charlie was very knowledgeable and quite charming. Very spooky and Erie tour. I never though
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Adam N
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
We had Charlie as our tour guide and I cannot sing her praises enough! She knew so much history and presented it in such an entertaining and spooky way. She was so good with her humour and wit and was able to answer any questions the tour group had. I was so impressed with her.
The tour itself is phenomenal - whether you believe in ghosts or not go to this tour. The vaults are amazing and to be able to experience the black mausoleum was an indescribable opportunity.
Thank you so much!!
Written August 21, 2022
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TheWonkyone
uk51 contributions
Oct 2021
Very Knowledegable guide with loads of information. He was very enthusiastic, funny and serious at the same time.
The tour lasted about 1.30 mins and was well worth it. One thing I would say if you cannot stand for a long length of time then this is not for you, or you could sit with a coffee before meeting .
Written October 2, 2021
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Rosslogan89
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
our tour guide Rebecca was very well informed and made for an excellent experience. Story telling was imaginative and under the current circumstances done her best to entertain and scare. Would highly recommend this tour.
Written September 24, 2020
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Kennedy
3 contributions
May 2021
The tour started with a long winded talk about a boring statue, while standing in the cold, and had no relation to the underground tour. The guide, Josh, was just unfunny and tried to pick on individuals in the group. We proceeded to stand on a steep hill for a further 15 minutes where he talked about throwing poo out windows and felt like he was blabbering to take up time. After 45 minutes, we finally got to the underground vaults and continued to stand in a circle and hear boring stories and history about people who used to live in the vaults. We were thrown off when we first entered, as it did not live up to the images online. In fact, it was just dark, damp, and cold where we were cramped into a small standing area. When the group tried to spread out, the guide complained that his boss would go mad because we weren't standing on the flat surface. Continuing through three vaults, which looked pretty much identical, we were told barely scary stories and got to the point where a lot of the group was yawning. At the end of the tour Joshua said we could ask questions but was in a rush to catch his bus and starting right away, leaving us to chase after him, and we were left very unsatisfied. No hate, but this tour is not worth your money.
Written May 30, 2021
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Soraya
Belfast, UK1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
I don’t understand all the positive reviews! The biggest waste of time and money ever. I was expecting a decent historical tour with a hint of scary, but this was not the case. When we first got there, we were told to ignore the length of the tour listed on the website as it would go on for much longer… it felt like we were there for years. Firstly, the tour is not underground. We started out in the street and then proceeded through 3 or 4 cold rooms with our guide relying on cheesy gimmicks and weird anecdotes to try and scare us, but it’s safe to say that no one was scared. He did the occasional evil laugh that was more annoying than scary, and kept telling us about his ‘room mates’ who lived down there called Ratty & Spidey. He kept telling us long-winded stories about how all these scary things had happened on previous tours that he had done, while we all stood shivering in a cold, damp room, being bored to death. Other stories included how people had seen loads of ghosts on his tours that looked just like him, while we all exchanged awkward looks. There were plastic candles everywhere that didn’t work and a fake skeleton under some stairs that he said was called Alfred. Our guide told us that people on his previous tours had had to leave because they were so terrified… the only terrifying thing was how awful the whole thing was. Thankfully the tour did eventually end and we couldn’t get away quickly enough. Please don’t waste your money!
Written April 10, 2022
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Kane
23 contributions
Not an underground tour for starters.. you visit three vaults that are cold dark storage rooms, that apparently housed the poor back in the day (like a lot of buildings would have done, giving them no character and not setting them out of any old cliche vault
The guide tells you about how people used to throw human waste out of their windows (nothing to do with edinburgh inclusively, or the three rooms)
Once you reach the not underground 3 rooms, again more stories are told of the old unsanitary days, then in the last room he talks about a supposed poltergeist. The end!
Expected an underground ghost tour, got to stand outside in the pouring rain for over an hour and get told about things you already know about past eras, go through some old bloody wine cellars then thats your tour of the “city of the dead underground vaults tour” over :).
No beef with the guide, did his best with the trash material and route he was employed to do...unfortunately would have rather had a bucket of poop poured on me.
Written March 14, 2020
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Ted M
Scottsdale, AZ40 contributions
Jan 2020
We took this tour after having experienced their other tour to Greyfriar's Kirk. Rebecca, our guide, was a fount of knowledge about Edinburgh and the vaults. She has a very lively way to describe the events that led up to people inhabiting the underground, and the whole experience was just fabulous. We ended up taking some interesting photos, one of which has an anomaly that we cannot explain, so that was a just a bonus. Highly recommend this tour!
Written January 30, 2020
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Jade C
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
I went on this tour today in the afternoon with my boyfriend. We both really enjoyed the experience! We learnt some interesting facts about Edinburgh and got a feel for its history. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting who wants to have a laugh, whilst simultaneously getting spooked!

Our guide Joshua was really funny and good humoured. It was very obvious he loved his job which set him apart from a lot of other tour guides I have come across. There was a lady on the tour who said she suffered with claustrophobia and Joshua reassured her beforehand and throughout, which I thought was very kind.
Written August 1, 2020
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Ian M
3 contributions
Should be called a history tour as it was not scary, other than a few spooky stories. The biggest disappointment was the tour was adversities at 1hr and 20mins. Our tour guide took 2hrs and 10mins. A lot of our group requested to leave as they had other shows booked. More considerate timings is a must as by the end a lot of people seemed bored.
Written August 11, 2022
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Niki S
Malta3 contributions
Feb 2022
Heather was absolute doll! She gave us all the information that we needed, and her delivery was spot on. Not sure if the chills we got were from the vaults themselves or just her way of narrating the history behind Edinburgh's underground vaults. It was interested just as it was spooky and it definitely was an adrenaline filled activity. Thank you!
Written February 25, 2022
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Underground City of the Dead Tour | Edinburgh, Scotland