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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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Gratuities
Bank of Scotland , 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 and will not wait for latecomers.

45 Niddry St , 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
  • Entrance/Exit to the vaults is via a 2 foot tall step followed by single flight spiral staircase.
  • Mezzanine staircases of 5-7 steps inside vaults between levels.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Alcohol/Drugs are strictly forbidden and anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 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 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 policy on social distancing is:

  • 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

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star-5
Getting back to past !
Jignesh_G
, Jul 2022
Great experience, scary , emotional - felt sad for people who stayed there - but was thrilled with the way it was designed- great your guide Joshua
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Morbid fun history tour
OleWilhelm_N
, Jul 2022
Ashlyn gave us a fun as a tour you can have in the underground of Edinburgh. Very interesting tour of the dark and morbid history of the place. Glad we did it during the day, not during the night!
star-4
Would I go back?
John_B
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining however the subject its self lacked interest as a spectacle.
star-5
Excellent and also quite recent history
Gary_H
, Jul 2022
Very interesting and good ghost stories. The guide was very knowledgeable and you learned a little more about the royal mile on the way there.
star-3
Underground vaults
kelly_c
, Jul 2022
The guide Megan was superb very entertaining and informative. 10/10 However, the poor lighting made it impossible to see anything in the 4 vaults we visited . I wouldn't visit again ,nothing of interest to see
star-4
Megan was great!
Olivia_H
, Jul 2022
Megan the tour guide was great, she was clear and knowledgeable about the vaults and the area around them.
star-5
Great tour!
Tess_H
, Jun 2022
The guide knew a lot about the vaults and it’s history. He really told the story very vividly. It’s very interesting to see
star-5
Great underground tour
Valeria_C
, Jun 2022
Fraser was amazing!! We were totally engaged with the history and tales of the tour! Great experience overall.
star-5
Great tour
tanjabloembergen
, Jun 2022
Very nice tour to learn more about the vaults. Fraser is a great tourguide who knows a lot about the history of the vaults !
star-5
Good and very informative tour!
Paul_D
, Jun 2022
Great tour with a very competent, informative and funny tour guide (Fraser). Thanks a lot for the guidance!
star-5
Highly recommend
Ann_C
, Jun 2022
Very interesting tour. Our guide Joshua was very knowledgeable about the area and played the part well. Cheers Joshua, for making this excursion extra fun.
star-5
Loved it!
Siri_G
, Jun 2022
Nice tour to get a glimts of the undergroud history of the town. Loved our guide Josh. Just the right mixure of facts, jokes and scares.
star-5
Something different
Jeffrey_B
, Jun 2022
The knowledge that such a place exists and to learn some history of a bygone time. So glad we made the effort to undertake this. Excellent guide in Josh. You find out how lucky we are in many ways living in today's times
star-5
Fab
Kirsty_J
, Jun 2022
The tour is must if you want to learn about Scottish history. Our tour guide Fraser was excellent! Funny and full of great info about Scottish history.
star-5
Fun in the dark...
Keith_B
, Jun 2022
The horror of the children in the dark and danger of the vaults. The modern role of white witchcraft to quite the spirits.
star-3
Disappointing
Michael_I
, Jun 2022
Too much time spent on three little vaults, one of which was used by *witches* in the 1980s. Some interesting history but disappointing in general. Look into another for that actually shows some of the underground street.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. The vaults are what we are taking people to see on the tour as the streets that did exist were destroyed in the construction of the South Bridge and the vaults that exist within it's hidden arches.
star-4
The darker side…
Belinda_C
, Jun 2022
Edinburgh has such a rich and gruesome history which the guide elaborated on in a very entertaining way. Being in the vaults and hearing the stories of the past was a highlight.
star-5
Tour guide Aisling was a star
Luke_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Aisling was fun and friendly and full of energy and knowledge! They really made the experience pop. The walk was calibrated to the time of day (mid afternoon) and focused largely on history rather than gore and horror, while still managing to be creepy and atmospheric! Informative and fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad to see that you had a great experience on your tour with Ashlyn and that you found our tour guide is friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Not for the faint of heart, but brilliant none the less
Emma_C
, Jun 2022
Great tour of the very creepy Edinburgh underground. Our tour guide Darren was full of knowledge and gave a brilliant tour and scared us all to death but it was all in good fun, we absolutely loved it! I would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad to see that you had a good experience on your tour with Darren and that you found our tour is brilliant and scary.
star-5
Really interesting and...
Diane_M
, Jun 2022
Really interesting and not scary which was good. Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Have been here before and never new the vaults were there.

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