The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

Edinburgh, Scotland
Famous Underground Ghost Tour
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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.
  • None
  • No under 5s

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

    Old Police Box by starbucks

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Edinburgh Old Town

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Ghost tour
Jane_T, Apr 2024
James our guide was brilliant! Really engaging, knowledgeable and got right into character. Daughter loved it & said it was the ‘best bit of the trip’!
An interesting walking tour
ChiWai_N, Apr 2024
Our guide Dr Knox is funny and the tour is interesting. It was a fun trip for our first day in Edinburg.
very nice
ariella_O, Apr 2024
interesting guide, fascinating history. guide was able to keep our attention although it rained most of the time
Fun and spooky walking tour!
Juliana_P, Apr 2024
Our “ghost” was Sawny and he was great! He kept making us laugh the entire time and really kept in character. The stories he had were in theme and the only thing that I would’ve liked, is a longer tour! But overall it really was great.
Margaret_S, Apr 2024
The dungeon and grey friars graveyard, And James was entertaining with lots of information enjoyed it all
Excellent tour and experience
Reza_F, Apr 2024
James Douglas was a fantastic tour guide. He was an excellent story teller and did a great job interacting with the group and keeping everyone engaged. We got to explore some of Edinburghs vaults and learn about it's more colorful historical characters. A great value and I definitely recommend this tour.
Would recommend!!!
p4rvcy5bkh, Apr 2024
This was a great tour! Dr Knox was scary and fun! The tour took us underground and to a gravesite. He was an excellent storyteller which add to the fun!
Ana_C, Apr 2024
Captain Grey was amazing!! My husband and I had been on a just tour previously in Edinburgh into the vaults with a different company and this was far and away better! We had so much fun learning history and spooky stories all from Captain Grey himself. Our 9-year-old loved it, too, and felt it was just the right amount of spooky. We’d definitely book this again.
Very enjoyable and informative tour
Megan_F, Apr 2024
Some very interesting stories and background information about Edinburgh and it’s history. The guide, Captain Grey, was interesting and kept the mood light with relevant humour. It was a good amount of walking to see enough without feeling like too much. Very enjoyable.
Need to hear guide
Anne_B, Apr 2024
Doing the tour in the dark added to the ambience , however, the guide could not be heard when walking along pavement in a group moving from on area of tour to the next , heavy passing traffic . The guide needs to stop so all can hear . Overall a good tour
Could be better
Brendan_M, Apr 2024
It was alright, but I honestly felt it dragged a lot, and could have been done quicker, most of the time was spent on banter between the tour guide and young children on the tour which was just off putting for us as we weren't expecting kids on it.
Excellent tour
Eugene_E, Apr 2024
The young man (Lafayette) was funny and informative and truly made the tour! Thank him again for us.
Our group was lead by...
Richard_C, Mar 2024
Our group was lead by "Maggie Dickson." The tour was fun and informative. "Maggie" told interesting stories based on historical figures and events. Tour was partially underground with a cemetery trip. The kids really enjoyed it.
Historically interesting
george_d, Mar 2024
Had problems with finding meeting place, need better directions. Lafayette, our guide was funny and yet informative. Tour has lots of walking and we expected more underground , not just a couple of rooms.
Good Tour
knething81, Mar 2024
The best part of the tour was our guide! The Great Lafayette was awesome. He was energetic, engaging and made sure the tour was enjoyable. I will say, this wasn’t a haunted tour. The title is deceiving. It’s more about the dark history than haunted stuff. It was interesting to hear about the history and walk the cemetery and underground. Our guide made this tour. Without him, I may not have enjoyed it as much.
Funny & informative
AshtonMcCann, Mar 2024
Excellent tour. Our guide (Dr Knox) was absolutely hilarious and really set the tone for the evening. Learnt lots of interesting and gruesome details about Edinburgh’s dark history.
Brilliant tour
Love them tour. Brilliant tour guide, learned a lot about the history of the people living in the vaults at the time . Visit a grave yard as well.
Great guide
Anjay_P, Mar 2024
Great guide gellis our guide was entertaining only wish there was more to see as the underground horror part was limited
Edinburgh Ghost Tour- Great Glimpse into the Underworld!
Jackie_M, Mar 2024
The Great Lafayette was a great guide! He was funny, informative and kept the group together and safe through the busy, wet, dark Edinburgh streets. What a great way to see the ‘other side’ of an awesome gothic city. We loved it and would recommend it to our friends and family!
Unimaginative ghost tour
Suzanne_H, Mar 2024
None I was expecting more ghostly stories and more of an underground tour. Guide was not very engaging

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