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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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.
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No under 5s
124 High St , 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Old Police Box by starbucks

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
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
  • guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to tours
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
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.
  • 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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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 The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
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 The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.

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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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star-5
Great experience! Our...
Sarah_W
, Aug 2022
Great experience! Our guide was Jessie King and she was great. Would recommend as a thing to do in Edinburgh
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Had a wonderful time
MARJORIE_B
, Aug 2022
We had a great time. Dr Knox was a wonderful tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and funny. We really enjoyed his tour.
star-5
The best guide!
Amber_L
, Aug 2022
Our guide, George Ray was awesome. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The facts and stories that were shared were amazing. We would highly recommend this tour to other families!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our tour guide "John the scientist" was fantastic!
Taylor_S
, Aug 2022
We learned a lot about the gruesome history if Edinburgh. It was a very fun and engaging tour! It wasn't all gruesome either, we also learned about how different aspects of the city have inspired multiple writers over the years.
star-5
George Rae’s tour was awesome
Jason_G
, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful tour guide named George Rae. He had an amazing wealth of history to share. He told both historical details as well as more recent hauntings. It was riveting. Highly recommend touring with George Rae.
star-5
We had a fabulous time....
isobel_K
, Aug 2022
We had a fabulous time. Our leader was Thomas Majer Weir, who was excellent. His voice was so capturing. He made our trip very exciting and very interesting. From the couple of Dundee, Scotland.
star-5
Excellant
Emma_C
, Aug 2022
George are tour guide was Brilliant and very interesting to listen too. Very friendly and helpful and I think he definitely made the tours from his knowledge and stories. Thank you
star-5
Spooky, disturbing, educational
Loumarie_R
, Aug 2022
"Daft Jamie" really brought the spooky stories of Edinburgh to life. I'm never one to get spooked but he did a great job at not only offering fantastic history but also giving us fun little scares that left me disturbed yet entertained. Highly recommended this tour BUT not for the faint of heart.
star-1
Low vale for the money
LUIS_M
, Aug 2022
Low value for the money we paid. Very short, lacked of details. Saturated group did not let everybody hear everything the guide was saying.
star-5
Fabulous Edinburgh Tour
awaring
, Aug 2022
We have been on yours before in Edinburgh this was really informative and enjoyable , the Red Witch was an excellent guide , the stories she shared were really interesting and at times scary
star-4
Definitely worth a trip
Nicola_A
, Aug 2022
Our guide was amazing James Douglas, involved all the people on the trip, my kids ages 11 abd 14 also enjoyed .only thing I would change would be more time under ground.learnt so much history though, with fun and scares
star-5
Dr Know I love you xx
Natasha_R
, Aug 2022
Dr Knox was awesome, my boyfriend and I throughly enjoyed the walk, story and characterisation. Would recommend.
star-4
Fun tour
Natasja_W
, Aug 2022
Not so much underground but a great tour and guide in the Old town. He truly made the story alive and gave nice facts
star-5
Very amusing and...
Andrew_l
, Jul 2022
Very amusing and informative. Dr Knox was a great tour guide and extremely entertaining. I'd thoroughly recommend 😀👍
star-5
Very Entertaining!
Elise_L
, Jul 2022
Dr. Knox was both informative and entertaining. He made the group part of the experience and we loved his dry sense of humor!
star-5
Dr. Knox is great!
sarahryan811
, Jul 2022
This was a great experience, highly recommended it. Our guide Dr. Knox was both funny and knowledgeable, and he engaged with the group and made it a fun evening. We took the 7:45 tour, which was spooky but not overly scary.
star-3
Fun and enjoyable
Helen_P
, Jul 2022
Edinburgh ghost tour. Had fun some good stories around the old town. A long walk for some but worth it
star-5
Fun tour to do with family and friends.
Lori_F
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was fun & very energetic. Taught us some history of Edinburgh. Would highlight recommend.
star-1
The tour was not what it...
Laura_D
, Jul 2022
The tour was not what it was represented to be. Lots of lecturing and not a very personable guide. Very disappointing.
star-5
Great ghost guide.
Lesley_F
, Jul 2022
Sawney Bean was our guide, he was a very informative. I also learned some things I didn’t already know (having been born snd bred in Edinburgh, tourist for the evening). Great fun. Would do another tour.

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