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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss
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Gratuities
Bank of Scotland , 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK

The tour starts from the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. The guide will meet everyone there. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time and will not wait for latecomers.

45 Niddry St , 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Entrance/Exit to the vaults is via a 2 foot tall step followed by single flight spiral staircase.
  • Mezzanine staircases of 5-7 steps inside vaults between levels.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Alcohol/Drugs are strictly forbidden and anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auld Reekie Tours Ltd
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
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 Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

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  • "The vaults are very damp so make sure you wear suitable footwear" See review
  • "This tour is definitely worth going on at least once and I hope for your sake you get the guide Tuesday (like the day)." See review

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star-5
Brilliant
Kelly_P
, Aug 2022
This tour was really interesting, the tour guide made it really special, I would recommend going especially if you have Older children lol
star-5
Our tour guide was...
Lucy_B
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was brilliant. I can’t remember her name but our tour was at 1.30pm on 6th august. She kept us all engaged and was very knowledgable
star-5
Great
Kevin_S
, Aug 2022
Good knowledge from the guide of the area and the history from above ground and below really worth taking the tour
star-5
Brilliant.
Manuella_B
, Aug 2022
Fun and very informative, quite spooky too. Sophie is a brilliant guide. We learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh, we had a good laugh, and we got a bit scared too. Excellent trip!
star-4
Be prepared for the chill factor
Karla_v
, Aug 2022
The tour begins with some interesting facts about early life in Edinburgh. We then went into the vaults where our guide Jordan gave us a good insight. You go in about 5 vaults.The stories we were told did get quite creepy,so maybe not recommended for small children.
star-5
Tour
Amanda_G
, Aug 2022
Really enjoyed our tour with Stewart..hes really friendly funny and very knowledgeable..found the tour very interesting..would highly recommend..from the photograph lady 😂😂📸
star-5
Underground tour
Glyn_B
, Aug 2022
Andrewthetour guide was superb querky and funny and also a great story teller give the man a raise he deserves it
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
Kelly_W
, Aug 2022
Josh was our tour guide and was funny yet informative, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour… even our two children (7 &10) were engrossed in the stories!
star-4
Excellent guide.
Lisa_M
, Aug 2022
Josh was a great guide. Excellent story telling and loud enough for all to hear. Also considerate of needs of audience.
star-3
Should be mentioned about...
Marie_H
, Aug 2022
Should be mentioned about the steep steps and very dark spaces. Difficult to hear our guide if he was not directly facing you.
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Derek_T
, Aug 2022
Anya was a great tour guide. Informative and ghoulish at the same time. Would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Highly recommend!! Esp with sophie
Teri_M
, Aug 2022
Sophie was an amazing guide and really made the tour! Very informative and funny. She was so professional and made the group feel safe!
star-3
Very interesting to hear the history.
LeeAnne_D
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Darren, is an excellent story teller! He had us on the edge of our seats (figuratively). I did expect there would be more to see, though.
star-5
Vaults your was amazing
awaring
, Aug 2022
Megan the tour guide was amazing , she was very knowledgeable and she made the whole experience well worth the ticket price We really enjoyed all the underground areas , stories and history it was fabulous thanks Megan
star-5
Excellent guide
Yasmeen_S
, Aug 2022
Megan was a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and full of life. Wonderful experience, would definitely recommend.
star-5
A must-see attraction!
Christine_N
, Aug 2022
A very interesting tour with loads of historical facts along with some rumours and stories to keep you entertained. Sophie, our guide was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable. A must-see attraction for any visitor to Edinburgh.
star-5
Such an interesting tour....
Tracy_W
, Aug 2022
Such an interesting tour. Jordan was an excellent guide, with just the right amount of creepy! Thank you
star-5
Cool but creepy
Maureen_M
, Aug 2022
Scary, but was fascinated with the vaults. A different part of Edinburg that many fail to see. Learned lots of Scottish history on the tour.
star-4
Spooky entertaining and slightly grim
Paula_M
, Aug 2022
Friendly and informative guide Jordan (aka Jonathan 😁) started the tour showing us several points of interest before heading down to the vaults. Once in there we we reguilled by tales of poverty crime and murder... Hard to imagine how people lived in such horrendous conditions but Jordan painted the picture rather too well. All in all thoroughly enjoyed it... Only draw back only a few of the vaults are open to the public but once you've seen one they're pretty much the same the stories relating to the vaults are what makes the experience worth the while. Well done Jordan 10/10
star-5
Creepy and cool
Alexa_D
, Aug 2022
Fun, eerie tour through some of the underground vaults of Edinburgh. Our guide Anja was captivating and knowledgeable and gave background stories of the history of Edinburgh.

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