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

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Discover the Edinburgh Vaults — aka South Bridge Vaults — 18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. You’ll see evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Walking Tour of Edinburgh - Walking The Vaults

Far below Edinburgh’s bustling city streets there lie the Edinburgh Vaults — a series of dark chambers formed under the 19 arches of the South Bridge in the late 18th century. Set out on a 75-minute walking tour of underground Edinburgh with a professional guide and learn about this subterranean expansion of historic Old Town.

As your guide sheds light on the fireplaces, wine vaults and artifacts in the excavated vaults, hear about the 100 or so businesses — including taverns and trades — that once thrived at the South Bridge and used the concealed space for their workshops and merchandise. 

Listen to haunting tales of Infirmary Street, the former site of Edinburgh's medical school, where it is said that the notorious duo, Burke and Hare, sold the bodies of their murdered victims. Search for signs of human habitation when city residents reportedly lived in, then vacated, the cavern-like vaults, and imagine life underground before you breathe fresh air again!

Customer Reviews

Lisa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fab tour guide. Really interesting.

clare s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour was amazing, learning about Edinburgh's history, whilst inside the vaults. The guide was fantastic. She made it interesting, and she certainly had the knowledge of the vaults. Well worth the money. My husband born in Edinburgh and he learnt loads! 10/10

Liam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We both enjoyed the tour - guide was excellent highly recomnmend

Nancy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very interesting!!

marilyn g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great recommend it

Deonna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Historic and informative.

Rosane Brazil

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.

Rhonda R

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.

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