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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

By City of Edinburgh Tours
Recommended by 92% of travellers
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About
At street level, Edinburgh is a peaceful and pretty city—but the subterranean tunnels below tell an entirely different story. On this ghostly walking tour, explore historic sites including Greyfriars Kirkyard and St. Giles’ Cathedral with your enthusiastic guide, and hear chilling tales of murder and revenge. Delve down into underground caverns normally closed to the public, and learn of Edinburgh’s grim and gruesome past.
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Ages 5-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 1h 15m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore Greyfriars Kirkyard and St. Giles’ Cathedral with your guide
  • Visit subterranean caves and tunnels normally closed to the public
  • Uncover underground vaults deep below the streets of Edinburgh
  • Listen as your guide shares tales from Edinburgh’s gruesome past

  • 75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
  • Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
  • Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
  • Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
  • Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
  • 6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
  • Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Old Town
What's not included
  • None
  • No under 5s

When darkness falls over Scotland’s ancient capital, make your way to the historic Royal Mile to meet your guide and begin your underground ghost tour. Follow your guide through Old Town’s shadowy lanes and cobbled courtyards, and take in top attractions including Greyfriars Kirkyard—considered to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world—and St. Giles’ Cathedral. Along the way, hear haunting tales of crime and punishment dating back through the centuries, and keep watch for otherworldly sightings of ghosts and ghouls. Next, head down into Edinburgh’s subterranean caverns with your guide. Discover 18th-century archways, hidden doorways, and underground vaults, and hear spine-tingling tales from beyond the grave. When your time in the undergrounds tunnels comes to an end, return to the Old Town to conclude your walking tour.

Start:
  • 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Old Police Box by starbucks
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • 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: 36194P8

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to tours
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

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

    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: 36194P8

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    • City of Edinburgh Tours
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      Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Thaslam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tour of Edinburgh and the underground
      Hugo was an excellent and enthusiastic tour guide. Our family very much enjoyed our tour of the underground and historic Edinburgh. We learned a lot and loved walking around the beautiful city.
      Written 20 June 2024
    • yapkangt
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour
      Hugo explain the history of old toen very well! Now I understand more of the old town, and how ignorant the people in the past are. Overall this is a great tour.
      Written 20 June 2024
    • gurmanjotb2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant brilliant brilliant!
      Mary Queen was an amazing guide! She made the tour very informative, engaging and very very spooky!! The tour was very engaging and interesting.
      Written 19 June 2024
    • Explore291153
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A dark but fun experience!
      A fun tour! Learned a lot of interesting facts and history about Edinburgh. Our guide, “Sawney Bean” was very funny and made it worth the while.
      Written 19 June 2024
    • westernese
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience!
      Our guide, John Kincaid, was the BEST!!He was personable and very knowledgeable about the city history. We had a ball. We would highly recommend this tour. Make sure you ask for John’s tour.
      Written 18 June 2024
    • lyndagough
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not a Ghost Tour
      Whilst Captain Grey was excellent and we did enjoy the tour, we feel that this tour is wrongly advertised as a Ghost Tour, there was no mention of ghosts and certainly no evidence of ghost activity at all. More a history tour of Scottland.
      Written 17 June 2024
    • ALEXANDERJBRABB19
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant
      Brilliant tour guide, entertaining and knowledgeable on the history of edinburgh and using the power of good humour to bring it all to life !
      Written 17 June 2024
    • shokoo850
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful tour!
      We had wonderful time with Mr. Alexander Sawney Beaune! His knowledge is great and we all enjoyed our tour! I highly recommend it!
      Written 16 June 2024
    • Imbrucey
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazingly fun and informative Tour
      My Partner and I did this tour not knowing what to expect and as a last minute fill in of time for our last day in Edinburgh. We did our tour with Lafayette and he was awesome. Mixed in a perfect amount of history with humour and made the tour a lot of fun, rather than just an information dump which I appreciated
      Written 16 June 2024
    • sharonlH2026WW
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      I captured something
      Great tour by Mary 1st very interesting history and the story of Edinburgh a must do for anybody who like history and ghost stories I took some pictures of the vault and one picture as what I would say a paranormal vibe would like to know what people think about it
      Written 16 June 2024
    • charlottehL4017GG
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      Edinburghs History With Lafayette!
      We had Lafayette as our tour guide, very eccentric and made the tour fun and kept our attention throughout. Great experience if you are in Edinburgh and not sure how to fill an evening. Negatives though would be that I wouldn’t say it is a ghost tour as such and more a bit of a history lesson! Still great though.
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      A city explained
      Emilie was very knowledge and also able to tell a few stories of a cross section of people who had lived in the city. She explained how and why people lived as they did, and hiw so.e of this is visible today, and some us no longer visible.
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      Historic tour of Edinburgh vaults
      Our guide Emilie was very knowledgeable. She was a fantastic story teller and very passionate about history. We went into a small section of the vaults and walked down the Royal mile.
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    • diegosT3671IO
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      Dr Knox is the best
      Dr Knox killed it. Would recommend if you can have him as the tour guide. He is very clever and very knowledgeable as a guide who brings the stories to life
      Written 16 June 2024
    • byotty7583
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Extreme Paranormal Tour a Must!!!
      Dr Knox was a great guide. Perfect mix of humor and horror. Highly recommend. Great education on the dark and terrible past of Edinburgh. Would have liked more time.
      Written 16 June 2024
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    Simon A
    Appleton, WA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked on as a family, two adults, one being disabled with limited mobility on a mobility scooter and one teenage boy. Agnus couldn't of been any better as a tour guide, both as a guide and also accommodating me on a mobility scooter. She was thorough with her information and being in her role as a woman in the mid eighteenthcentury. At all times, Agnes followed and had us all following social distancing and also wore a face mask, we too all had to wear a mask and sanitise our hands. The tour is brilliant going through information on both the places and people who were involved in the rich history of Edinburgh.
    Written 6 August 2020
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    Rhea Z
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    Let me start by saying that the weather was too cold and too wet (raining all the time) for my liking, and parts of the tour are over ground. However, Nell (our guide) made her best to keep us entertained, and tried to find roofs where we can stand under. I enjoyed the tour, especially the cemetery part. Nell was also very witty with her jokes whenever something unexpected happened around us.
    Written 17 March 2020
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    JannaiMcC
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    Dr Knox was our tour leader and did a great job for the 20 odd on the tour (fully booked for New Years Day!!)
    My 14 year old was delighted with the tour, being able to creep around a graveyard and explore old damp vaults.
    A great walk about Edinburgh’s Old Town with a tour guide who gives you plenty of information, doesn’t walk too fast and answers all the questions you can ask.
    The only thing I would do differently would be to go on a quieter night with a much smaller group - we didnt realise New Years Day was the busiest of the year, but that’s no ones fault!
    We loved the gory stories, horrible history and urban legends surrounding Edinburgh
    Written 2 January 2020
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    Jaxtas
    Leeds, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    We were a family group of 6 and Agnes was our tour guide. She was great at telling the stories and falling in and out of character, we loved that. The t.our ran a bit over because of the new safety briefings and there was one place we couldn’t go in but could still look and take pictures. Hand sanitizer in and out of the entrance to the underground, we felt very well looked after and in safe hands. We had to wear masks in the underground too.
    Written 26 July 2020
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    JessWebb1403
    Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Couples
    This is the second ghost tour I have been on in Edinburgh and it’s definitely the best! Agnes (Natalie) was a great storyteller, interacted with the audience well and it was great to see three different spots in Edinburgh.

    I’m quite claustrophobic (but keep signing up to things and forgetting I can’t be in small spaces!) and was about to have a panic attack at the entrance to the vaults. My girlfriend mentioned that I’m claustrophobic to Agnes who was really inclusive and understanding and went out of her way to ensure that I was able to be included in the tour and could still hear the stories while also seeing an entrance/exit and the size of the room.

    In the past I’ve been on tours where I’ve had to shut up and put up and it’s given me some serious panic attacks and quite bad experiences that have stuck with me for days / weeks. Having a tour guide who was understanding and inclusive was above and beyond anything I would have expected. I could not recommend Agnes and the tour enough!
    Written 26 October 2020
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    Izabella E
    Fredericia, Denmark2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went on the late tour.
    It was My friends first time ind Edinburgh, and I wanted to surprise her with a tour in the vaults.
    Our guide James was a great storyteller, bringing laughs and spoons to the group.
    He knew a bunch and interacted great with the group.
    We were highly entertained!
    Written 19 January 2020
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    Rich W
    Worksop, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    We were on the 7.45pm tour on Thursday 3rd June. John the Scientist was our guide and to be fair was absolutely excellent. He was very engaging, really involved everyone in the tour and was very funny and informative. We were highly entertained and laughing throughout, even at the meeting point with the hilarious guy who was checking people in. It was an excellent tour and we would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city.
    Written 6 June 2021
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    Kris S
    Liverpool, UK16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    Dr Bell ‘Issac’ really made this tour an exceptional evening, his energy, enthusiasm and how he delivered the stories really made it an unforgettable evening. Would certainly recommend this tour and him in particular as he really made us feel welcome.

    Recommend to anyone visiting the city and wanting a chilling evening.

    Thanks Issac
    Written 11 January 2020
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    Resort317365
    Atlanta, GA11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the 6:45 PM tour a couple of weeks before arriving based on reviews. When we arrived at the check-in point there was a sign saying that the 645 was sold out. We were glad we had a reservation. Although the group was split into two groups our group was still large. We are both fit people who are able to walk quickly. We found it hard to keep up with the guide because of the crowd and crossing city streets. Three people in the large group, were obviously sick and coughing so loud that we could not hear what are guide was saying. When we got to the underground part of the tour, which is only about 10 minutes, they were members of the group who had to stand outside of the last room because it was not big enough for the large group to fit into. they were all save members of the group who constantly vaping throughout the walk with their clouds trailing into everyone else’s faces. The guide did a good job. It could have been vastly improved with a smaller group, ground rules of not smoking or vaping, and asking the coughers to hang in the back or at least wear a mask.
    Written 17 February 2023
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    scottbaynham
    Cardiff, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Friends
    Attended this tour whilst visiting the city and was not
    Disappointed. The tour Guide Jessie was engaging, entertaining and able to hold an audience without it seeming forced or having to use over the top tactics. It was the right kind of thrills and stories, throughly enjoyed and would well recommend to others. A*
    Written 27 September 2021
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