4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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

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 2014

The tour was excellent. Nice blend of history, architecture, adventure, creepiness, and good acting. The tour guide was smart, engaging, and funny. Maybe one too many jokes about medieval toilet practices, but highly recommended. She said here name was Gertrude if you did not like her; I have forgotten her real name. But she did a very good job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

One of the most unusual tours I have taken. The guide recall brought the underground world to life. Very well worth while.

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