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clock-o1 hour 15 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
  • 75-minute Edinburgh Old Town, graveyard, and underground vaults ghost tour
  • Discover the Old Town ‘wynds’ and closes, and learn about their history
  • Walk through a graveyard steeped in folklore and mystery
  • Explore underground vaults that contain the remains of an old street and buildings
  • Hear about Edinburgh's dark past and ghosts, murders, crimes, and more
  • Narrated by a guide dressed as an infamous, long-dead Edinburgh citizen
  • Evening tour suitable for families
Start your evening walking tour when you meet your guide on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh Old Town. Your guide will be dressed as one of the city’s long-deceased, real-life characters, and on route, you’ll discover his or her identity, and hear fascinating stories about them.
For starters, head down lanes and wynds off the Royal Mile that were once the heart of Edinburgh’s slums and rife with intrigue and criminality. Roam the cramped passageways and closes, and discover true stories about their history and occupants, and the mysteries that still swirl around them.
Next, pass through a dark graveyard, believed to be haunted, and steeped in lore and legend. See some of the interesting tombstones, and soak in the spooky atmosphere.
Then, descend into some of Edinburgh’s infamous underground vaults, a network of 18th-century chambers that contain remnants of an old street and buildings. Learn about the poor who once lived here in squalor, and hear anecdotes about ghosts, witchcraft, murders, and other grisly occurrences.
As you look around, watch and listen for unexplained happenings and noises in the tunnels, before returning to street level. Your tour then concludes when you bid farewell to your guide.

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J
, Jul 2018

Our guide did a great job telling history and some ghost stories as we visited a old town, graveyard and the underground vaults. Our guide may have been too smiley and nice looking for the position. Possibly a scarier type of person to make the experience more haunting. There needed to be a creepy, scary extra person in vault area to give it more of a scary thrill. Possibly a real casket, etc. should have been added to graveyard or vault area to enhance the scary atmosphere.

C
, Oct 2017

Nice guide. Vaults were creepy but glad I did it. Needed to see what it was like. Worth the money.

K
, Oct 2017

This was a good short tour to gain some history of the old town of Edinburgh. It was great to do it at night, just make sure you take a jacket as its gets a bit cold. It was amazing to see the underground rooms/vaults. The tour guide was 'very' enthusiastic about her role, although after a long day of travel it was a bit much so I just dropped to the back of the group a bit so I could just enjoy the scenery.

J
, Jul 2017

Tour guide was great. Highlight of the tour was going underground.

L
, Jun 2017

Did not take the tour

J
, Jun 2017

Y niece and I were the only two on the tour. Fun having a private tour. The Tour Guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend.

S
, May 2017

This tour was informative while also creepy. We loved it! Our guide made the experience so fun!


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