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Ghostly Edinburgh: Underground Vaults and Canongate Churchyard Tour

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"excellent" mr richard j milner
Ghostly Edinburgh: Underground Vaults and Canongate Churchyard Tour
Ghostly Edinburgh: Underground Vaults and Canongate Churchyard Tour


  • Walk down the Royal Mile and hear all about its history dating back hundreds of years
  • Visit both the eerie Edinburgh Vaults and the Canongate Churchyard
  • Tour is lead by an experienced guide


This tour will allow you to explore both the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults and the eerie Canongate Churchyard.

Find out all there is to know about the sinister history that lies beneath the streets of Edinburgh and discover the tales of famous Edinburghians who were doomed to die and haunt the living.


You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers.

On this tour you will discover:

Blair Street Underground Vaults: For decades the vaults were used to house taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen but when the businesses abandoned the space, the poorest citizens of Edinburgh populated the dark, damp spaces of the vaults. Crimes including robbery and murder soon plagued the vaults. The infamous serial killer duo Burke and Hare, who sold corpses to medical schools, are rumoured to have hunted for victims in the vaults and even stored some of the bodies there.

Canongate Churchyard: Many notable characters were buried in the graveyard of Canongate, including Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie, the inspiration for Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, and possibly David Rizzio, the murdered private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots.

Your tour ends at the Cannongate Churchyard

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  • excellent

    Great evening - Ella was brilliant and had loads of stories to make your skin crawl and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up....

    mr richard j milner
  • excelence deal

    good price. thks isango for this ideal i would like to try again this experience...

    georgios georgiou
  • nice experience

    i am very happy for this tour. for all age and visitors in edinburg...

    georgios georgiou
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



1 hours 45 minutes

Start time

01 Apr – 31 Oct: 7:30pm & 8:30pm
01 Nov – 31 Mar: 7:30pm

Meeting point

Tour starts at Mercat Cross. (An octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

Tour ends at Canongate Graveyard

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  • Tour of Edinburgh Vaults and Canongate Churchyard

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination.
  • They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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