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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss
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Departure Point

300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK

The tour starts from the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. The guide will meet everyone there. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time.

Return Details

45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entrance/Exit to the vaults is via a 2 foot tall step.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auld Reekie Tours Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

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  • "The vaults are very damp so make sure you wear suitable footwear" See review
  • "This tour is definitely worth going on at least once and I hope for your sake you get the guide Tuesday (like the day)." See review

Reviews

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star-5
The guide was funny and...
Louise_D
, Jan 2022
The guide was funny and engaging and definitely made it more enjoyable, would definitely recommend this
star-5
Worth the visit.
Kelliejo_S
, Jan 2022
Interesting, our tour guide was great. His knowledge was good, his sense of humour was 1st class. 😊😊😊😊😊
star-5
Perfect hour tour.
Alexandra_S
, Jan 2022
A great tour really examining an Edinburgh at total opposites with today. Creepy vaults and tragic tales were guide Fraser’s source, with some modern findings to really unnerve our group. My son particularly enjoyed it.
star-5
Sandlands underground walk
Adele_S
, Jan 2022
We were met by our tour guide Stewart who was amazing . His knowledge and mix been being informative and funny was what made the experience unforgettable for us . He kept us engaged and at ease the whole time .
star-5
Great experience!
Matteo_G
, Jan 2022
The tour was actually filled of interesting facts and it included more than just the vaults tour! The guide Fraser was really good. Definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad that you had a great experience on your tour with Fraser.
star-5
Great tour - a must do in Edinburgh
Anita_H
, Jan 2022
Great information about the history of Edinburgh and the vaults. It’s a great tour plus Fun and factual - thank you Felix.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed your tour. We don’t have a guide who goes by the name of Felix so you may have done a tour with a different company.
star-5
Excellent guide and amazing experience
Ian_T
, Jan 2022
Heart of Midlothian and the prison was amazing. The story of the last chamber where so many perished, just trying to survive a fire.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad to see that you had an amazing experience on your tour with us.
star-5
Fascinating and creepy
Emma_P
, Jan 2022
Fraser was a brilliant guide around the vaults and the surrounding streets walking to the vault! Very entertaining. Would highly recommend this tour if our and about in Edinburgh:D
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad that you had a brilliant tour with Fraser and that you found it fascinating.
star-5
A must do!
Ryleigh_M
, Jan 2022
This tour was great! A bit more “ghost like” than I expected, but it was super informative and I learned a lot of creepy and interesting facts about Edinburgh. Darren was engaging and very experienced about the vaults. Probably not the best but for children, but a piece of Edinburgh history everyone should experience.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Than you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad that you had a great tour with Darren and that you found it super informative.
star-5
Fab experience for all
Gareth_E
, Jan 2022
A wonderful experience. Really enjoyed and a special shout out to our guide Fraser who was friendly and incredibly funny. The tour gives those who join the chance to understand some of the grim, yet real history of Edinburgh. Would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so happy to see that you had a fabulous experience on your tour with Fraser.

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