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Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh provided by Mercat Tours

Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening 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 travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/06/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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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 20/06/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
This ghost-themed night walking tour delves into Edinburgh’s deep history. Visit the Blair Street vaults and Canongate Kirkyard, two of the city’s most haunted destinations, while your costumed guide regales you with tales of torture, cannibalism, and witchery. Ideal for history buffs and those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour takes place under the cover of darkness to create an appropriately eerie atmosphere.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mercat Cross
    High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
    Mercat 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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  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    St Giles' Cathedral
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll end at
    Canongate Kirk
    Edinburgh EH8 8FA, UK
    Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN. This tour ends in the Graveyard of the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile, about an 8 minute walk straight down the hill from where your tour began.
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Highlights
  • Learn about Edinburgh’s haunted history from a costumed guide
  • Visit the notoriously haunted Blair Street vaults and Canongate Kirkyard
  • Enjoy a stroll through Old Town
  • Tour takes place at night for an appropriately creepy atmosphere
What to Expect
Your evening begins at a central meeting point, where you meet your guide and set off on foot to explore the city. The first stop is the Blair Street vaults, where you explore dark chambers and passageways and hear tales of cannibals, body snatchers, and restless souls. Next, head to the Canongate Kirkyard cemetery, where you can watch for specters wandering the tombstones and listen to yet more ghostly history. Your tour ends at Canongate graveyard.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
Duration
1h 45m
Return Details
Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh EH8 8FA, UK
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Visit to Canongate Graveyard
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Mile
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • You must be aged 18+ to join this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Dinah wrote a review 17 Oct
Edinburgh, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
I've attended quite a few ghost tours in Edinburgh, Mercat was one of the best ones. They took thorough precautions regarding COVID which should encourage anyone terrified of the pandemic to do a tour with them regardless. Steve was funny, engaging and knowledgeable. I've
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 5 days ago
Hi Dinak, The best? Wow, what a compliment! That really means a lot. Thanks for recognising our safety precautions, we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable whilst touring with us. It sounds like Steve did a brilliant job! All the best and thanks for choosing Mercat, Kim
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Iäin G wrote a review 16 Oct
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An enthralling and atmospheric tour. The lighter and darker history of old Edinburgh. Steve was our tour guide, knowledgeable, captivating and told a great tale.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 5 days ago
Hi I_ing2020, Thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot and we're sure Steve will be so happy to hear that he did such a great job! All the best and thanks for choosing Mercat, Kim
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Rebecca Goldie wrote a review 11 Oct
Glasgow, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
Lauren was a really great guide and was very funny. The tour was very historically enriching, but not very creepy. Ideal for people looking to find out the darker side of Edinburgh’s history. Well worth a visit!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Owner at Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there Rebecca G, It's great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Lauren, we've passed on your thanks! There's plenty more stories to tell so hope to see you again soon. Until then, Kat
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Anne M wrote a review 10 Oct
Edinburgh, United Kingdom46 contributions32 helpful votes
What a fascinating tour. Fred was very informative and also made us laugh quite a few times. The Covid safety put in place worked very well. Only 5 small groups with safe distancing. Would recommend to anyone thinking about it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Owner at Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there annemP3215YI, Thanks for your lovely review, it means a lot - and Fred says thanks too! We want to help cast everyone back to the past, whilst walking the Mile and hearing the tales of our amazing city. Keeping everyone safe is key so really glad to hear our CV-19 measures worked for you. Keep in touch on our social channels until we see you back at the Mercat Cross. Until then, Kat
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Kim B wrote a review 04 Oct
Louisiana9 contributions1 helpful vote
We went on the “Doomed, Dead and Buried” tour, and I loved this ghost tour. It was pouring rain and freezing cold on the night that we went, but Lauren our guide kept us all smiling and enjoying the evening throughout the tour. It was very Covid safe. We had a great time and I
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MercatToursLtd, Marketing Assistant at Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Kimberly, Thank you for the lovely review! We're glad that the rain didn't put a dampener on your evening and it sounds like Lauren did a great job. Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. All the best, Kim
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hammyb94
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A fascinatingly spooky tour!
We were visiting Edinburgh the weekend before Halloween, eager to go on a ghost walk. This must be one of the best
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ashleyhW1618OZ
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Interesting and fun
Great tour thanks to our tour guide witch agnes (Natalie) very friendly and professional, great knowledge and mann
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katewK5883GY
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Fantastic experience
Fantastic tour. Interesting history of the city and The vaults are really haunted. Highly recommended for everyone.
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Ednamaymorrice
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2hrs well spent
Did the evening old town tour led by Scott. (I think) It was so informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Wear comfy
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travelswithmyphone
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Interesting fun and safe tour
Great tour, really informative guide, tailored to our group's interest and enjoyed by adults and kids. Very small g
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bartblaak
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Excellent
The tour guide explains clearly and in a fun way how Edinburgh came to be, and lots of other interesting things. Ev
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RJC13132
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Mark
We had Mark as our tour guide and honestly couldn’t have asked for a better/spooky evening. Really good host and ve
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lefford1
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Historical and spooky fun
Highly recommend. Our guide Lara was knowledgeable and a great storyteller. She involved the group with fun questio
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donnamct8
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Spooky experience!
Visited with my husband and we really enjoyed the Blair Street Vaults Tour (Ghostly Underground Tour), it’s a must
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Dana J
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Great tour!
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He made the stories come alive, even though much of Edinbu
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Rocky_Croft
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Fabulous!!
*Historic Underground Tour* Amazing experience and so very interesting and informative. CHARLES was a wonderful gui
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clo_phillips881
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Amazing and spooky
Really enjoyed the vaults and graveyard tour and the tour guide Laura, was incredibly knowledgeable and made the a
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nursyjan10
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Thrilling!
It was quite scary especially the underground tour! Our tour guide Steve gave some historical events which is very
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ellish465
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A must-visit spooky location!
Amazing tour of the Old Town leading down into the vaults. Hannah, our guide, was a fantastic story teller and very
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Charlotteaashton
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Fantastic
Absolutely loved our tour! Steve was fab, made the whole experience 10 times better. Adaptations to Covid were more
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  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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