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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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • 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 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
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.
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.
star-5
Gory stories
CarlNiklas_F
, Jun 2022
Good gory stories and effects. Excellent guide with proper attire for the task and storytelling skills
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience don't miss out
Helen_A
, Jun 2022
Stewart was our guide, he was fantastic really goes that extra mile. He told us some incredible facts, and some of his now personal experience and stories.
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 an amazing experience on your tour with Stewart and that you found our tour guide is fantastic and funny.
star-5
A superb combination between history and frightening stories
Matthijs_D
, Jun 2022
A superb combination between history and frightening stories. The tour guide was really passionate about the vaults what made the experience even better. Would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Catalina_D
, Jun 2022
Very interesting history you’ve got! Guide was fantastic, spoke very loud and clear and had a great sense of humour!
star-3
So - So tour
Paul_S
, Jun 2022
It was a quick tour but a little cheesy. It gave you a little history of Edinburgh and to see a few of the vaults under the bridge. I thought it was nothing special but my wife thought it was cool to see.
star-5
Recommended
Patricia_M
, Jun 2022
Amazing guide and interesting stories! Would recommend it to anyone who wants to find out more about Edinburgh's history.
star-5
Guide’s stories. Very...
Andrew_N
, Jun 2022
Guide’s stories. Very glad we went on the tour. Educational and fun. Learned many things about the city which helped with our other exploration of the city.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An experience
beverly_S
, Jun 2022
Very enjoyable great guide who was very knowledgeable. As expected lots of steps could do with hand rails.
star-5
Awesome!
Victoria_S
, Jun 2022
My mother and I had our tour with Ashlyn and it was amazing, a different change of pace doing an underground tour! Loved it!
star-5
Not to be missed .....
Eleanor_A
, Jun 2022
Our guide Stewart was absolutely awesome and a born storyteller. I am so glad we decide to do this tour it is so worth the money.
star-5
Colorful history brought to life
catherine_p
, Jun 2022
Ashlyn did a great job of narrating the history of the area and bringing those stories to life. The length and difficulty of the tour were described well and were consistent with our expectations.
star-3
Not worth the price
Michael_W
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was nice, but this was not worth the money. It’s an interesting story, but you can get as much from googling about the arches under South Bridge. If it weren’t for the recent Pagan worshippers the story would be quite short. Not good for young kids.

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