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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:75 minutes (approx.)

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful dark rooms of arched ceilings, fireplaces and 18th century wine vaults lie beneath the South Bridge, one of the city's main thoroughfares.


  • Edinburgh Old Town vaults walking tour
  • Historic afternoon walk through the underground vaults of South Bridge
  • Choice of two afternoon tour times
  • Professional local guide

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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Walking Tour of Edinburgh - Walking The Vaults

The late 18th century was a time of great expansion and innovation in Edinburgh. To improve access from the Old Town to the new developments two enormous structures were built, the North and South Bridges. By 1790 there were almost one hundred businesses active on the South Bridge with their workshops in the underground Vaults below.

As well as lack of natural light, the Vaults suffered from water seeping from the South Bridge above, stalactites are evidence of this.

But, there was a darker side too. To the immediate south stands Infirmary Street, where Edinburgh's medical school used to be. It was here that the notorious pair, Burke and Hare, sold the bodies of their murdered victims. Could the vaults have stored a different sort of merchandise?

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Historic and informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I found this a perfect introduction of Edinburgh. I had just arrived when I took the tour, the guide was super knowledgeable, before we even went to see the underground vaults, he also gave some amazing insight of how life was back in the old times in the Old Town and explained lots of things around there, it was more than I expected really which is great. The underground vaults were really cool, got too see and learn loads of interesting facts about it, including seeing artifacts that were found there during excavations. I highly recommend it, it's a great tour, totally worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful tour full of interesting information. Well run and organised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour and I would give Margaret 10 out of 10. She is an excellent tour guide and told us wonderful stories. Would highly recommend this tour to our friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An excellent guide Wendy very knowledgeable historian who brought the trip to life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A wonderful tour. Very interesting, informative and well organized. Our guide, sorry forgotten her name but she was an Austrian lass with a Scottish accent, was fabulous. She gave us a lot of information in a fun way. Would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Interesting tour in a part of edinburgh i did,nt know existed.Lovely lady guided us round,well worth the time and money!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guides and really interesting information. Good value for money

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