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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh Old Town

By Auld Reekie Tours
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About
The Edinburgh Vaults, one of the city’s most fascinating sights, can only be accessed on a tour. This one focuses exclusively on the vaults, an underground warren below South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step inside with a local guide who’ll reveal tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh, grisly stories from the city’s dark past, and lead you to a hidden witchcraft temple.
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Ages 5-99, max of 36 per group
Duration: 1h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Get access to the fascinating and rarely visited Edinburgh Vaults
  • Enter a sinister underground world beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Travel back to the 18th century, when crime and disease ruled the city
  • Discover a side of the capital many visitors—and even locals—miss

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities

Greet your guide on the Royal Mile and escape the tourist trail to discover Edinburgh’s deepest secrets on this underground walking tour through the Edinburgh Vaults. These infamous vaults fill all 19 arches of South Bridge in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. As you walk, you’ll learn the hideous conditions in which Edinburgh’s poorer citizens lived during the 18th century. Descend into the dark, dank vaults and learn what it was like to live in the darkness—and which criminals sought their prey there. You’ll explore candlelit Niddry’s Wynd, visit a witchcraft temple with a haunted stone circle, and brave the Haunted Vault, where a myriad mysterious events have occurred.

Start:
  • 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
    The tour starts from the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of 300 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PH. This is on the opposite side of the road from Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5-10 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time and will not wait for latecomers.
End:
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK

  • 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: 8752P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age, children under 2 years of age are not allowed on tour.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol/Drugs are strictly forbidden and anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • Non-service animals are not allowed.
  • • Some historical content may be of a distressing nature with regards but not exclusively to Torture, Hangings, Death
  • The walking pace and terrain may not be suitable for those with any difficulty walking.
  • We do not have any luggage storage so please make alternate arrangements.
  • 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 36 travellers

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

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  • Auld Reekie Tours
    8,680
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Kieran S
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engaging and unique view of the city from below
    Eric our tour guide, had great charisma and interesting stories of Edinburgh Old Town. The stories were very interesting. The vaults themselves were really creepy and great to visit, just wish we could have spent a bit more time in them!
    Written 12 April 2024
  • Caydence1
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Edinburgh Vault Tour
    James was a fantastic tour guide! Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and very entertaining. I’d highly recommend this tour for any history buffs. Wish it was longer!
    Written 10 April 2024
  • A5154LNjaynem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    This tour was amazing Darren was a great guide .the tour was well worth the money .the history was fascinating .the vaults where my partners life long dream and didn't disappoint. Well worth it t
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Journey51374301520
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spooky Insight into Edinburgh’s Past.
    Interesting and eerie tour of the south vaults! Our guide James was first class.Enthusiastic and entertaining and very well informed on the fascinating history of Edinburgh. Thoroughly recommend.
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Y7039OSjoet
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Funny and fact filled
    Ally was great at mixing fact and humour to show the highlights of both Greyfriars Kirkyard and the Edinburgh vaults, really enjoyable
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Dreamer22291645981
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terror tour-tastic
    We took the Terror tour in April as part of a weekend away for my husband's birthday. Jordan led the tour and was very knowledgeable. He set exactly the right tone and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Dazza996
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting & Eerie Tour in Underground Vaults
    We did our Tour on Friday 5th April at 5pm with Louisa. She was very friendly and welcoming and the tour she did with us was very informative. The Vaults were dark with minimal light which made it all the more eerie and wet from water seeping through from above, just made you realise how hard it would have been back in the day, although like Louisa explained and showed us just how much light 1 candle would have put out, showed you how people must have been tripping over each other in almost dark conditions. Overall a good tour, the hour went so quick that you just wanted to continue on more. You can take as many pics as you want which was great to relive your experience. Thanks heaps Louisa (apologies if spelt name wrong)
    Written 7 April 2024
  • christac706
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very entertaining
    Very entertaining tour with a very animated and knowledgeable Jordan! He was fun to talk to and we has a blast in the small tour. We took the historic one and we learned a lot about old Edinburgh. Worth the money and time!
    Written 6 April 2024
  • L5191GBjasons
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vaults and graveyard
    Great way to spend 90 minutes! Interesting history of old Edinburgh. Our guide Jordan was interesting and funny, highly recommended.
    Written 5 April 2024
  • sevinw2024
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underground vault terror tour experience
    Chris did an amazing job sharing fun and spooky facts about Edinburgh and the underground vaults! Definitely spooked me and my friends out after hearing the first stories😂 Great job Chris!
    Written 5 April 2024
  • 620lisac
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great haunted vault tour
    We had a great time on this tour, there were about 30 of us, I went with my daughter, we learnt so many interesting things that happened many years ago and it was fascinating, Dominic was a great tour guide. I’d definitely recommend this, 1 hour absolutely flew by.
    Written 5 April 2024
  • lydiahE5169KO
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spooky, informative and enjoyable
    Really enjoyed this tour. Starts at the Kirk yard Graveyard and gives you some really interesting history of those buried there and facts about the city. The graveyard is really spooky, well worth a visit. You then head to the under ground vaults for further facts and stories about what they were used for what life was like for people living in Edinburgh, be prepared! The tour really sets the scene. Would recommend this tour.
    Written 5 April 2024
  • 562amd
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab vault tour
    The tour guide Darren was fantastic and and engaging throughout the walk. We learn so much about the Edinburgh history. Highly recommended.
    Written 5 April 2024
  • Mochatale
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So fun!
    Ally was a wonderful guide, and no I'm not just saying it to lift the curse off of me 😈. It was a really fun and spooky tour! Definitely recommend
    Written 5 April 2024
  • CraigCru
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ghost tour in Edinburgh.
    Really good informative tour. Our tour guide Ally was really funny and gave us lots of information about the dark side of Edinburgh. Would highly recommend.
    Written 5 April 2024
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Gianni P
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We booked this tour expecting a more historical approach to the Edinburgh vaults than some of the other tours which market themselves as ‘ghost’ tours. Unfortunately, this tour fell flat as both a historical and a ghost tour.

On the historical side, the facts given were entirely superficial. The tour guide spent most of the tour telling us that she’d later expand on the history without ever providing any meaningful insight into the goings on in the vault.

As far as it worked as a ghost tour, the guide never delved any deeper than telling us that there have been alleged paranormal occurrences. She explicitly said that the intention of the tour wasn’t to provide any jump scares but the lack of both horror and history left the tour without much content, particularly for its price.

Overall, we were left feeling that we could have had a better experience of the vaults by spending the hour at the underground pub next door.
Written 19 November 2022
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psully136
Leeds, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This tour was brilliant. Our guide Aimee was excellent. She's a knowledgeable story teller with just the right amount of darkness and humour. With two kids age 9 and 12, the Vaults Tour seemed the most age appropriate from the info on the website. The kids (and the adults) were spooked but thoroughly enjoyed being scared by Aimee's stories of torture and the supernatural and the eerie atmosphere of the underground vaults. It really is somewhere you should see whilst you're in Edinburgh. Thanks for the experience.
Written 13 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad that you had a brilliant experience on your tour with Aimee and we will pass along your kind words.
Written 20 August 2021
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Lisa G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We booked onto the tour less than 24 hours in advance as we had enjoyed our experience at Mary Kings close the day before. This was definitely less touristy and more personal. We were a group of 6 in total making the experience even more enjoyable without the large groups usually gathered at tourist trails. Our guid was Markus ( I think I’ve spelt that right given he was Irish!) me and my partner could of listened to him talk all day! Brilliant knowledge of not just the vaults but areas around the royal mile as we made our way down!

Once inside there was a great eerie atmosphere which is great if that’s what you’re looking for. We were shown multiple vaults, each one with thier own stories and history. If you want to be scared then this one is for you. My partner opted to go inside a stone circle, he even laid down in it!! Let’s just hope nothing malevolent follows us back home.

Such an enjoyable and energetic hour, highly recommend you book this on your trip to the old town
Written 8 November 2022
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KEELAN B
Belfast, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
I brought my American friends on this tour as I had heard great things about it and it did not disappoint or I should say Frazer did not disappoint. He kept everyone gripped on his storytelling and was also able to lighten the mood with his charm and humour. Edinburgh city is full of beauty breathtaking views but it was great to learn of her darker colourings. Would thoroughly recommend if not for the spooky side, Frazers cheekbones and accent are more than worth it 😅
Written 28 February 2022
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Stephanie
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Our guide Stewart was superb and really knowledgeable, making the whole experience fun yet informative. Beforehand, we had people in our group who weren’t keen in taking part in the tour, yet their opinions were soon changed. The tour was great value for money and is a must to anyone visiting Edinburgh, as you learn much more than you would as opposed to walking around yourself!

Again, a massive thanks to our tour guide, Stewart for making it so enjoyable!
Written 8 September 2021
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Wildheart
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Andrew was our tour guide and he was lovely. Knowledgeable and very good at telling the story of such a fascinating city, it's infamous villains and ghosts. A great balance of knowledge and humour, tour was conducted in a way that it could hold the attention of the two teenagers I had brought with me. The vaults were super interesting and I would highly recommend this for anyone with an interest in history or even the paranormal.
Written 4 September 2021
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Thank you so much for your nice review! It makes our day when we see customers enjoy their experience here :)
Written 5 September 2021
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Cat S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Tour guide Andrew was brilliant. He made the tour come to life with his excellent story telling. His knowledge was second to none and he was able to answer all our questions with confidence and throw the odd joke in there too. The tour itself felt quite short as part of it was above ground with a bit of history about the surrounding area. Id have liked to spend a bit more time actually in the vaults but thats just my personal preference. I would gladly recommend auld reekie tours and will be using them again the next time i explore more of the city.
Written 16 November 2021
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Tobias
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
1 hour was a perfect amount of time for this kinda thing and James was exceptionally good at storytelling and feeling the mood of the crowd. He made everything interesting and fun and I can only recommend this tour if you want to check out some of the city's vaults and history. Great fun!
Written 1 April 2023
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Rachel
Milton Keynes, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfectly pitched tour with many interesting stories from Darren our tour guide which he delivered brilliantly, along with a good dose of humour. Group was big but this didn’t matter as Darren was very conscientious in ensuring everyone was gathered around him before he started any talks which were always very clear and easy to hear. Highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a little bit of scariness without too much horror.
Written 27 October 2021
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Gemma R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Ive done this tour before once and a night tour and loved it so I wanted to bring my kids who have never been. My daughter (10 yrs) loved it, my youngest (7) was a little bit scared he said but he was fine going round, he just held my hand. We met by a tourist info booth/ telephone box at Lawnmarket/the royal mile and took a little bit of different walk to the vaults due to the royal mile being so busy with the fringe, there was a steep road to walk down but it was fine for us. Paige our tour guide was great, came across as very friendly and was enjoyable to listen to. This one isn't a ghost tour but paranormal activities are mentioned and the setting just makes the tales more eerie compared to a walking tour outside. The underground streets and vaults are fairly spacious so you don't feel claustraphopic and are quite dark and damp in places, lit by emergency lights. I do wish the tour was a little cheaper at nearly £60 for the 3 of us for an hour but I do recommend it as a unique interesting addition to your visit to edinburgh.
Written 11 August 2023
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