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Underground Vaults Historical Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful dark rooms of arched ceilings, fireplaces and 18th century wine vaults lie beneath the South Bridge, one of the city's main thoroughfares.
  • 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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Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
1h 15m
Return Details
28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews underground vaults mercat tours south bridge great tour margaret anne uneven ground highly recommend this to anyone didn t know mercat cross tour starts brilliant experience knew her stuff a great story teller interesting facts local history an excellent guide booked this tour
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting and well worth spending just over an hour being escorted above and below ground. Our guide Simon was great. Booking on line was very easy. Not good if you suffer with claustrophobia as the vaults are dark, cramped and stuffy, but I guess that...More

Thank BedfordshireLadyM
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a good tour very informative.We started from the old town and made our to the underground vaults with a few stories along the way. The underground vaults were very interesting and the guide was great and telling the history. What i still cannot...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I took this tour on my last day in Scotland. It was such a fun way to spend the afternoon. Our group was small so it was easy to hear and follow the guide - Emma who by the way was amazing! She is an...More

Thank 931reynaa
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I just went on this with my sister. We had Amelia from City of the Dead Tours as our guide. She had a great delivery, presented very well, and was very informative! I would recommend this tour to anyone who is willing to be entertained,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank dixoneve
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Charles was our guide and he couldn’t have been better! So knowledgeable and his stories were so exciting. It’s one of the best tours I’ve ever been on anywhere in the world. I would highly recommend!More

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Wow, what a lovely review, thank you! Charles will be thrilled to learn you enjoyed his tour so much, he takes great pride in looking after our visitors and giving a 5 star experience. An even greater compliment to be described as world...More

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Alexandra G
12 September 2019|
Response from 266annettep | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure you would need to check with the company but I don't think it would be suitable for a dog.
26 July 2019|
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Response from Cameron R | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your mobility issues. Wheelchair access is impossible given the nature of the vaults. If you use a rollator, delta frame or city walker and would require a carer to assist you on narrow stairs, uneven floors... More
Kevin G
6 July 2019|
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Response from pernilleh789 | Reviewed this property |
You can pay when you buy the tour. They have a stand on the Royal Mile and in the info center on the corner of south bridge and royal mile.
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