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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
  • Edinburgh late-night ghost walking tour
  • Experience Edinburgh’s famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults by candle light
  • Visit sites of documented hauntings, ghosts and spirits
  • Hear fascinating stories of crimes, hangings and mysterious legends from your expert guide

What's Included

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

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

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

      You will see staff wearing black and orange clothing and lanyard as well as a Mercat umbrella.

    End point

    • 28 Blair St
      28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK

      This tour ends at the Blair Street Vaults

    What To Expect

    Take a ghost walking tour through Edinburgh and discover its mysterious secrets and chilling history. Your entertaining guide leads you down side streets and alleyways, and recounts supernatural history, fiendish plots and sinister tales from the city’s darkest corners to its subterranean chambers.
    
Visit sites of hangings and documented spirit hauntings; discover where Edinburgh’s disreputable characters committed crimes of passion; and hear legendary stories, such as that of a wizard who was burned at the stake. Learn, too, about the notorious ‘bodysnatchers’ who reputedly stole fresh bodies from graveyards to sell to medical schools for anatomy lectures.

    Then follow your guide underground to the Blair Street Vaults, built under the 19 stone arches of the South Bridge constructed in the late 18th century. Led by candlelight flickering in the shadows, you’ll see where lively poltergeists bide their time and learn of Edinburgh’s darkest deeds before your tour ends back above ground.

    Mercat Cross

    Learn about the sinister history of the Mercat Cross - where murderers, criminals met brutal justice at the hands of the Edinburgh mob - tour meeting point.

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    St Giles' Cathedral

    What secrets lie hidden from sight in the hallowed ground of the ancient St Giles?

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

    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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    Great experience!
    Whitney_O, Oct 2022
    Very fun and interesting way to learn more about Edinburgh’s dark history. Neave was a fantastic story teller and I loved hearing her tell the spooky tales of the past.
    Underground night tour
    Jeff_W, Sept 2022
    Michael was a very good story teller!! Enjoyed learning about the history of Edinburgh! It was fun to see the vaults.
    Great Guide
    debrawagner69, Aug 2022
    Our tour guide was great but wish we had walked around to some more areas. Loved going into the vaults
    Ghost tour
    Frank_S, Jul 2022
    Storyteller was great! Would have liked to hear a bit more about the history of the vaults, but experience was great!
    Plenty of shock, with no shlock.
    Marshall_D, Jun 2022
    While I absolutely wanted to see Edinburgh's famous underground, I had no interest in seeing costumed characters trying to scare me. This tour struck an excellent blend of history, fable, and just a little bit of drama for added effect. The tales that Maeve shared were interesting and gruesome and the sights leading up to the underground were interesting. The underground was the highlight, of course, and we spent almost exactly the perfect amount of time there, hearing about the actual history and the paranormal tales of an extraordinarily creepy setting. Less time would have been too short and longer would have started to get claustrophobic. I highly recommend it.
    Not what I wanted
    CharlesF_M, May 2022
    I thought I was going to hear about the history of the underground vaults and their significance in Edinburgh’s past; however, unfortunately I did not. The tour was more of a “ghost tour” and guides told stories to make you think spirits dwelled in the vaults. It was not what I wanted and was disappointing in historical content.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Hi Charles, Thanks for joining us. I'm sorry to hear that the tour wasn't what you wanted. We do have a history only tour of the vaults which may have been more to your tastes. The tour you booked however was a ghost tour. All the best, Kim
    Great for people who like the darker side of history really good tour
    Angela_H, Apr 2022
    The vaults very spooky great story telling by Mark . The tour is not too long so it keeps your interest
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Scam,scam,sxam
    Jayne_L, Mar 2022
    The 'tour'was a disaster. On arrival at the meeting point we were met by no one. Phone calls were unanswered and our night was ruined. Please people do not use this company
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Hi Jayne, I'm extremely sad to see this negative review. We sent you all of the relevant information about the meeting point and time, as we do for all of our visitors. All other fourteen visitors booked onto the same tour made it on. We had team at both the Mercat Cross and the office at the time of your tour. Our team also wait at least an additional 15 minutes in the case of a visitor not showing up incase they are running late. Hence, we are unsure how you were unable to contact anyone. Please could you send us over more information at info@mercattours.com so that we can look into this. Kind Regards, Kim
    Fantastic tour
    Nia_B, Jan 2022
    Our guide was hilarious if he isn’t a stand up comedian when he’s not being a guide he should be! Fantastic tour, really interesting, Incredibly creepy and made me jump out of my skin on many occasions!
    Crap
    kieran_b, Nov 2021
    If you have any sense. Max out your credit cards and wait for the bill to come in. That’ll give you a bigger fright. Avoid this bull and stay in pub.
    Our Guide was lovely and...
    Shelby_H, Oct 2021
    Our Guide was lovely and she really did make a fun atmosphere and the headphone set was a nice touch. However if you're looking to hear any real haunted history of Edinburgh this isn't for you. There wasn't much of a walking tour which was why we booked. Whole thing altogether was short lived. The 'tour' was like a 2 minute walk down the Royal Mile, then half an hour in the vaults No real history or stories told or learned, in truth we have no idea what the vaults were really used for. It was half an hour of made up ghost stories that made no sense to the tour and a heap of ramble about other groups feeling weird chills. For the money it cost, we left with no real ghostly history about Edinburgh, just that a few people 'passed' out in the vaults feeling a 'ghostly presence'.
    Edinburgh's hidden past
    Susan_H, Sept 2021
    Learning Edinburgh's dark and disturbing history. Going to places the public don't normally get to see
    Brilliant night tour
    Joanne_M, Sept 2021
    This is a great tour made better by our guide Steve who brought the stories alive. Well worth joining the tour.
    Spoooooooooky
    Dan_P, May 2021
    Great fun and great stories that vaults felt very spooky and I got an evil looking lady in a photo who wasn’t even there
    Great tour
    Cherril_B, May 2021
    Lauren was a brilliant guide...informative and funny..vaults were amazing and interesting ..would do again
    Spooktacular night
    Kathleen_C, Oct 2020
    Lauren was fab and stories were great. Very enjoyable and interesting . We had a fun time would do it again .
    Anna’s fear
    Heath_B, Oct 2020
    Laura was an excellent tour guide. Great knowledge and a good story teller. Very chilling evening. I felt a cold breath on the back of my neck. Think Mr Boots was stood behind me.
    Guide was amazing
    Jodie_L, Sept 2020
    Had an amazing time, however quite disappointed that I paid the money for the vaults and I didn’t get in, I understand that with the current pandemic situation however it shouldn’t have been advertised as “ including vaults” when they were closed
    So funny!!!
    Giuseppe S, Dec 2019
    Ana was great in leading us through the town and the vaults, making it a very funny experience yet teaching how dark the past of this city is. Loved it! Besides I liked it being at 10pm: it gave time to have supper before :)
    Excellent your with an excellent guide!
    elsippitts, Nov 2019
    We went on the Mercat tour last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a little on the chilly side, but our guide Karis was so engaging, it was the last thing you thought about. The stories were all really interesting and the whole experience was performed with a convincingly sinister performance! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
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