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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this 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.
  • 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
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75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
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No under 5s
124 High St , 124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Old Police Box by starbucks

This activity will end right where it started.
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 tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to tours
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.

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  • "Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!" See review

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star-4
Good guide but tour a...
david_b
, Jun 2022
Good guide but tour a little short -guide seemed a bit rushed. Would have liked a few more stories and places
star-5
George the Plague Doctor was Great
addydingo
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the tour. I always think that good stories make the best ghost tours and our guide, George the Plague Doctor, told some excellent stories.
star-5
Ghastly historical tour brought back to life!
Mike_C
, Jun 2022
George the plague doctor rocked it. Great character, and kept the fights going with real ghastly history lessons and an excellent knowledge of the city.
star-5
Ghostly fun for all! Brilliant!!!!!
Serena_B
, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience with Sawnwy Bean. Spooky, interesting and funny! Harry couldn’t have been more helpful before our tour too. Fabulous guys - don’t regret booking!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enjoyable
Lisa_K
, Jun 2022
The graveyard was beautiful and the guide spoke in a very heartfelt, respectful way about the deceased.
star-5
Excellent tour guide
Bipin_R
, Jun 2022
Great tour guide(John and Tommy), very funny, very good communication skills. Loved the overall experience.
star-5
Add a tour to your trip
Laura_W
, Jun 2022
This tour is a great way to see and learn more about the city. Our tour guide, Tommy, did a brilliant job in bringing stories of the past to life.
star-5
Wonderful tour would definitely do again!
Abigail_F
, Jun 2022
My friend and I were visiting for the first time and most definitely recommend touring with Jessie. She was kind and really made the tour come to life!
star-5
Ghoulishly great
Penny_S
, Jun 2022
The Ghost guide was brilliant very informative and some ghoulish stories, loved the way she explained how we got to some of our modern terms we use.
star-5
Excellent and Memorable
Shona_D
, Jun 2022
A very fun way to spend your evening ! Our guide Agnes was extremely engaging, informative and funny. The tour lays out a good foundation of the history of the area, and includes some spooky stories. It's a great way to prepare you for your own further exploration thereafter. Highly recommended this experience.
star-2
Not worth your time
Alyona_M
, Jun 2022
We we disappointed by this tour and we do not recommend it. The guide, George the plague doctor, was knowledgeable and nice but the tour itself is a let down. We have taken underground vaults tours before and those were Blair vaults. This tour takes you into a different part of vaults, you only see 2 rooms. Kind of defies the purpose. We were also super exhausted because the speed with which we had to follow the guide was more of a crazy sprint. Booking a different tour now, still with Viator but with a different provider.
star-5
Great Tour!
jen_s
, Jun 2022
I loved how The Plague Doctor wove us into his stories and being underground where the children were actually quarantined was powerful.
star-5
Dr Knox
Caroline_F
, Jun 2022
Great tour with doctor Knox v funny would def recommend . Great way to spend time in Edinburgh learning its history
star-5
Ask for George🪦
Amanda_R
, Jun 2022
The tour guide, George the Plague Doctor, was fabulous! He kept us all together and had so much knowledge about the history and hauntings in the area. Everyone felt included and learned many great ghost stories along the way. George also helped us with a few local places to check out. It was amazing!
star-5
Incredible Ghost Walk!
benjamin_h
, Jun 2022
George the Plague Doctor was Fantastic! We really felt as if we were back in the past. We really enjoyed the walk. The tour was well worth the time and price.
star-5
Nice
Angelie_S
, Jun 2022
A very good excursion. The doctor shared a whole lot of information told whit passion. It gives you a good idea what of how it was to live in the early Edinburgh
star-5
Lifting a curse
Ida_N
, Jun 2022
This was an interesting and educational tour. If you are into the spooky and makarb, you might be a bit disapointet, and know a lot beforehand. Sawney was a good guide, with a strong voice. The waking pace was very fast, so if you have the slightest issue, choose something else, like the ghost bus tour. I will give it 5 stars, to lift the curse put upon me by the guide.
star-5
George the Plague Doctor was GREAT!
REBECCA_R
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the storytelling and history; wasn’t too scary. George the Plague Doctor did an AWESOME job!
star-5
even our 6 year old daughter had a great time
kenneth_o
, Jun 2022
Great tour. Very entertaining and informative. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed it and even our 6 year old daughter had a great time
star-5
Spooky Edinburgh
Tatiana_G
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide Dr Knox was the best, and made the whole experience fun and spooky. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good ghost story.

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