Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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clock-o1 hour 15 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this 75-minute evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • 75-minute evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families
Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.
Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.
Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.
Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.
As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.
When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your 75-minute tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.

Reviews

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P
, Feb 2018

This was a great tour, Thomas Weir was quite theatrical and was clearly proud of Scotland's heritage and also very knowledgeable; the sad truth of times gone by really came across.
The vaults were dank and as unpleasant as they would've originally been, I would recommend this for families.

J
, Nov 2017

Guide as knowledgeable and tour was as described. Nothing really magical or special about it though. Free tour we picked up on the street the day before was more entertaining.

K
, Oct 2017

Our guide was cheerful and knowledgeable. I have enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about life in underground Edinburgh.

E
, Oct 2017

This tour was a lot of fun. Also a little spooky too. Our guide was fun and informative. Dress up warmly as Edinburgh can be cool and windy in the evening and also you will go underground for part of this tour.

B
, Aug 2017

It wasn't anything the tour guide did.... It was just lame. I don't even think we were really underground! You only go into a few very small rooms and if you are in a big group it is hot. If you are claustrophobic I wouldn't recommend it.

m
, Jul 2017

Tour was great and the guide was awesome!

K
, May 2017

Thomas Weir was excellent! He played the role to a tee. He was extremely knowledgable and super entertaining. He also went above and beyond by providing my best friend and I other suggested touristic sites and restaurants after the tour was done. Highly recommend this tour with Major Weir :

K
, Apr 2017

This tour was great! Our tour guide(Robert) made it really special.

I
, Apr 2017

This is NOT a Famous Underground Ghost Tour with Vaults as it's described us. It's the worst Ghost Tour I've been at!
Firstly, you are NOT taken to the Vaults - you are taken to a very small section. This is the only part of the whole tour 15 mins that we were given a ghost story but it was played down so the kids got no excitement. The whole tour on ground is the history of Edinburgh when we came to the graveyard and I thought, yes this is where the kids will get the excitement but no ghost stories here either. This tour should be called The History of Edinburgh. The tour guide certainly wasn't passionate and energetic as the tour was described as either! We were only in Edinburgh for 2 nights and this was the main event for the kids which turned out to be rubbish!
I've been on a ghost tour in Edinburgh previously and it was excellent with a fantastic enthusiastic guide and then we were taken to the vaults ... this is why I know we were not in the vaults.


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