Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh

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Ghostly Underground Vaults History Tour in Edinburgh
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Ideal for those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour of Edinburgh’s underground vaults is sure to make your spine tingle. With a ghoulish guide, descend into the darkened depths of the Blair Street Vaults and hear vivid retellings of torture, murder, and body snatching. Abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and prepare to experience the sinister side of Edinburgh on this small-group tour.
  • Enjoy a small-group experience, limited to 18 people maximum
  • Ideal for those intrigued by the paranormal, this spooky tour is sure to scare
  • Listen to gruesome tales of torture, murder, and body snatching
  • No manufactured frights, ensuring everything you experience is genuine
  • Exclusive access to the vaults on this tour
  • Tour of the Blair Street underground vaults in Edinburgh

What's Included

  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • Small group experience
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy a more immersive storytelling experience

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Mercat Cross
      High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

      Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.

    End point

    • 28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK

      Mercat Tours, 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. This tour ends after a visit to our Blair Street Underground Vaults.

    What To Expect

    At an afternoon departure time to suit your schedule, greet your guide at a central location. Following your cloaked guide, weave your wicked way through the shadow-shrouded streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town and gain insight into Edinburgh’s dark history.

    After the spooky scene has been established, descend to the vaults beneath Blair Street and feel a morbid chill permeate the air. Tentatively wander through darkened passages and hear gruesome tales of torture, murder, and body snatching.

    Ghost stories galore, you are sensitive to a cold breath on the back of your neck and the flicker of a candle in the distance. Return to daylight and bid your guide farewell.

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    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please note that we cannot accept babies or children under the age of 5 on this tour.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 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.

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    Fantastic experience!
    Marie_W, Apr 2024
    We had a fantastic experience! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we loved her dramatic style! Would definitely recommend!
    Absolutely must do in Edinburgh!
    Semiha_U, Apr 2024
    Anastasia is an amazing tour leader! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our time. It was so fascinating to learn about the history of Edinburgh. Definitely a must do while you are in the city.
    Into the close and down to the vaults
    Heather_O, Apr 2024
    While learning about the close and the tall tenement style buildings was interesting, the underground to the vaults were a point of fascination. The guide was very entertaining when sharing the cool ghost stories.
    An unique and unforgettable guided tour
    Gianluca_T, Mar 2024
    This guided tour was so incredibly brilliant! Our guide, Anastasia, shared tales with such charisma, talent, and knowledge that made us all dive very deep into the dark side of Edinburgh. The underground walk was honestly spooktastic and extremely satisfying for history and ghost story lovers alike. The visit concludes with a detailed exhibition room that adds some extra quality to the whole experience. Highly recommended!
    Derek_E, Jan 2024
    Linda was awesome and wove history of Edinburgh and the macabre together for a good time. The vaults are spooky indeed
    Learned and laughed
    Karen_P, Jan 2024
    Ross was a brilliant guide - very humorous and knowledgeable! Lots of info about historical Edinburgh and how people used to live. Didn’t actually see any ghosts - but it was a dark, creepy place - that’s for sure!
    Wonderful Tour
    Tracey_A, Dec 2023
    Fun and informative, this tour was well worth it. Our guide, Vina, had a gift for storytelling and made the tour so much more engaging. Learned a bit of local history. Thoroughly enjoyable.
    Passion and Terror, the perfect tour
    Matthew_G, Dec 2023
    Ross was an absolute machine of a host and really made the experience amazing. This is our second time taking a walking tour in edinburgh, and the combination of comedy and storytelling truly made the experience special.
    awesome experience. ...
    Gerard_S, Dec 2023
    awesome experience. Would highly recommend to anyone in Edinburgh. learnt a great deal about the history of this great city
    Obiageli_o, Dec 2023
    Lovely and Nicola the tour guide made it awesome . I love every bit of the tour with all the intrigues, suspense and yet exciting stories !
    The guide was great
    Helen_F, Dec 2023
    Ross the guide was great but my husband I thought it was a little hooky. It was great to see all of the underground rooms and passages but we did not see a ghost!!!
    Thank you Neave you...
    Gail_S, Dec 2023
    Thank you Neave you brought the experience to life. Really enjoyed the tour. Gatde loo made us laugh
    Fred wove frightening tales of ghostly hauntings.
    Maureen_B, Dec 2023
    Fred kept our attention throughout the tour, explaining some of the history behind the locations where the tour took place. She wove in some ghost stories tying everything together.
    Some poetic licence needed
    Peter_C, Dec 2023
    The guide Ross was very professional and did his best to interact. I didn’t think we were in the best group of people but he kept engaging and whilst I don’t find the stories overly stimulating, it was worth the visit and feel it’s good value for others to enjoy.
    Good tour - spooky and atmospheric!
    Laura_P, Oct 2023
    The hostess was exceptional and very entertaining. We enjoyed this tour and felt it was a good value for the money.
    The knowledge of the tour...
    John_C, Oct 2023
    The knowledge of the tour guide. Nicola made the experience fun and exciting and was willing to answer questions without hesitation.
    Fred Rocks!
    Dave_E, Oct 2023
    Fred was great! She told the stories as if she lived them…and maybe she did! She was captivating in her storytelling and really kept our interest. Her bits of humor were well-appreciated. The entire tour was well-organized. We found the meeting location without problem and the tour ran on time. Having the opportunity to purchase souvenirs at the end of the tour was a bonus!
    Very good.
    Emma_B, Oct 2023
    Really good and interesting. The history was really interesting to listen too, and the guide was very good.
    Great tour
    Frances, Sep 2023
    Great tour with Veni! She was a great story teller and made the walk very interesting. She explained the history of the vaults. Enjoyed the end with the artifacts found in site.
    Great fun
    Alison_C, Sep 2023
    Loved the stories narrated by our guide Neave .The young man who worked with her was also good.They were both friendly and informative.

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    up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

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