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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 (379)
1 - 5 of 155 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Loved it.

A must for anyone visiting Edinburgh for the first time. Gives you a real I sit to the history of this beautiful city and it’s dark past.

Thank Kristeen H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very informative historical account of Edinburgh and the vaults

The guide Fred was informative and easy going gave us a fantastic historical account of the birth of this great city and the vaults within. Would strongly recommend when visiting Edinburgh.

1  Thank Daz B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Entertaing and informative

We had a very intersting tour with William, who was a great storyteller and managed to get the information and the "picture of old times" across very vividely. Thankfully, this was truely a historical tour without the "haunted nonsense" ;-)

Thank ISW
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Facts

Booked this tour as something to do whilst in Edinburgh, it was very fascinating and the vaults were great to see. Lots of facts and storys from way back when. Throughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide Emma was brilliant.

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing Tour with Simon

Went on the underground vault tour with Simon. He was enthusiastic and defiantly knew alot about the Vaults and Edinburgh!! Would highly recommend.

3  Thank amylouise030888
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3 June 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
3 May 2018|
Response from holavie | Reviewed this property |
about an hour and a half
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