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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults — aka South Bridge Vaults — 18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. You’ll see evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!


  • 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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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Walking Tour of Edinburgh - Walking The Vaults

Far below Edinburgh’s bustling city streets there lie the Edinburgh Vaults — a series of dark chambers formed under the 19 arches of the South Bridge in the late 18th century. Set out on a 75-minute walking tour of underground Edinburgh with a professional guide and learn about this subterranean expansion of historic Old Town.

As your guide sheds light on the fireplaces, wine vaults and artifacts in the excavated vaults, hear about the 100 or so businesses — including taverns and trades — that once thrived at the South Bridge and used the concealed space for their workshops and merchandise. 

Listen to haunting tales of Infirmary Street, the former site of Edinburgh's medical school, where it is said that the notorious duo, Burke and Hare, sold the bodies of their murdered victims. Search for signs of human habitation when city residents reportedly lived in, then vacated, the cavern-like vaults, and imagine life underground before you breathe fresh air again!

Customer Reviews

Richard J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wendy was s great tour guide. Made it all come alive for us!!

kim t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was so interesting, really learnt a lot about early Edinburgh. Our guide was brilliant really got into the time period. The underground is amazing to think people actually lived down there.

Esther B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Interesting. Tour guide had the right mix of information and humour.

kathleen k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a brilliant afternoon tour..We really enjoyed and found it very interesting. Thank you to hannah our tour If wanting to come to Edingburgh it is a must xx

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour! A lady called Margaret was our guide - she was very knowledgeable and made the tour really interesting. A not to be missed event!

Caroline D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Brilliant tour with a very knowledgeable guide who didn't stop giving us information. Can highly recommend this tour.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very well done and informational.

Ian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Packed full of information! The Tour guide was fantastic throughout! Out of everything in Edinburgh, we'd recommend this the most!

Hilary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very knowledgable, professional and humerous guide. Well worth seeing these vaults!

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