Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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clock-o1 hour (Approx.)
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this 1 hour underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
  • 45-minute Edinburgh underground walking tour
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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l
, Aug 2018

The tour was disappointing. We were looking for a history tour of the vaults it was between this one and mercat whom own/rent a section of the vaults. We probably should have gone the other. The tour was suppose to be one hour. At 5pm we were met by our tour guide whom then took us to the ticket office. She continually checked her watch advising us she wanted to ensure of the time we started. We think it was more about what time she could clock off to go home as it was the last tour of the day. The tour did not start until about 5.10pm, with an explanation of each and every tool that was used for torture. Torture is was as it felt like a time filler and way too much time on the explanation and inappropriately positioning people to demonstrate. Between yawns we finally got to go down to the vaults and we hoped to hear some history. The tour was more about the guide asserting her credentials and her experiences with a focus on the ghost she could see and whether we could also see them. The tour then finished at 5.50pm. As we were chatting at the front we saw our guide promptly finishing work at 6pm. It was not an hour and not what was described. For us it was a waste of time and money.

S
, Apr 2018

Sppoky, scary, creepy....and historical. The guide was very informative and created an atmosphere of a paranormal environment. If you like the supernatural this is a must.

J
, Dec 2017

Great guide! He had plenty of stories and was very good at adjusting the content as we had a child in the group. He was great about checking to see how she was doing she wasn't as scared as some of the adults. It was a great experience being in such an unusual historical place, quite a bit different than the castle tour. We didn't see a ghost, but I wouldn't go underground at night alone!

L
, Nov 2017

Great guide!! Wish it had been a longer tour!!

W
, Sep 2017

The person who was supposed to lead the tour was not there or did not know we were on the tour. When I asked about the Viator tour I got a look like he was seeing a zombie with leprosy. We looked for any one who may be conducting the tour and found no body. Other street tour people in the area did not know any thing about Viator tours or where they started. We arrived 20 minutes early and left 10 minutes after the tour was supposed to start. A total waste if time and money. I will decline the charges when the credit card charges come thru. A two plus week trip and this was the very low point. I had been wanting to take this trip when I planned on going to Great Britain and I got ..rewed.

H
, Sep 2017

Patrick was our informative guide giving us historical background on the structure and insight into how people survived in this dark, dank place. We signed up for a day tour not being particularly interested in the haunting aspect. Would have preferred that there was a bit less of it in this tour with the aspects of living in this structure was horrific enough on a mundane level.

W
, Sep 2017

The tour person we were supposed to meet did not know anything about our reservation. He said he did not know anything about Victor or who did their tours. He did nothing to help us, just ignored us. He took a group on some tour and left us standing there. We got there 20 minutes early and stayed around for 10 minutes after the tour was supposed to start. I will contest the charges for this tour with my credit card provider. Totally teffible experience.

j
, Jul 2017

Interesting. Not too long but spooky. Fun to go on.

S
, Mar 2017

This tour was advertised as a historical underground tour. It was more of a poorly acted crass ghost story. Save your money.

A
, Feb 2017

Our good Hannah was very good , explained the history well, it must have been horrible living there at the time.


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