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Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • Evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families
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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.
No under 5s

Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.

Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.

Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.

Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.

As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.

When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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  • "Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!" See review


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, Jul 2021
The guide James Douglas was funny but nothing scary and exciting other than listening to his stories and walking around South Bridge. We expected some dressed up Anne character would pop out of the underground vault to spook us but nothing of that sort was included in the tour. A bit disappointed.
Brilliant tour with Agnes the witch
, Jul 2021
Didn’t know what to expect but the Host who was Agnes the witch was Very welcoming she took us down back streets with very knowledgable information and down into the underground few scary parts great walk upto Bobby frier dog statue and his grave I would highly recommend everyone to try this tour when visiting Edinburgh
Ghost tour
, Jul 2021
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable great experience learned loads about the City of Edinburgh in such a short time
Really interesting, even for teenagers!
, Jul 2021
Great experience for all the family - even teenagers! Interesting stories. Really liked the Vaults - would have liked a bit more time there. Overall very good.
Absolutely excellent!
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour, the guide was very good, funny and very knowledgeable! Well worth the trip! The trip to the vault was a little spooky knowing the history, this was a highlight of our trip to Edinburgh!
, Jul 2021
The tour guide, "John the Scientist" was very entertaining and made turned an interesting experience into a thoroughly enjoyable time. On time, Great value.
Spooky Tour Edinburgh
, Jul 2021
Hangman was great! He really got into the spirit of the tour and made it memorable for us all. Thank you!
Great for all the family
, Jul 2021
Nell you are absolutly fabulous, you made our visit to Edinburgh extra special with your great tour, something we will always remember xx Thankyou xxx
, Jul 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed this walk. Nell very informative & entertaining guide. Value for money Saw parts of Edinburgh never seen before
Fantastic night
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour guide, the hangman, made it a great night, loved the graveyard and the underground sections, guide was very informative

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