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Edinburgh Vaults Tour

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  • Explore the fascinating Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Hear stories of lives lived and lost down in the sinister, cramped tunnels
  • See and touch artefacts from the 19th century
  • Tour is lead by an expert guide

On this tour you will be taken through Blair Street Underground Vaults: the deepest, largest and most extensive in Edinburgh.

Many know of the vaults as a place of ghostly activities but this tour tells their true history.

The vaults started their life as storage space for the taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen that were prospering during the industrial revolution. However when the businesses abandoned the space, the poorest citizens of Edinburgh populated the dark, damp spaces of the vaults. Slums, brothels and salubrious pubs became commonplace.

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.

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Although the weather was awful it did not spoil the tour. Our guide was fantastic and the whole experience was amazing....

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The Edinburgh Vaults tour was one which definitely drew my attention from the minute I found it and I am happy to say that disappointed, I was not. There was no problem finding...

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

On this tour lasting just over an hour, discover the fascinating history of the network of vaults that run under the streets of Edinburgh.

From starting life as storage for prosperous business owner their decline into disrepute, this tour covers the true history of the Edinburgh vaults.

You can see and touch artefacts from the 19th century and hear how people lived and worked down in the vaults.

The tour includes a visit to Discovery Room and an intriguing presentation. Written translations available on request (Fr, Ger, It, Sp, Rus).

Your tour ends in the vault’s interpretation room.

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Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
  • Tour of the Edinburgh Vaults
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 Apr – 31 Oct: Daily
01 Nov – 31 Mar: 1400h (2:00pm); Saturday & Sunday and 1600h (4:00pm); Daily
Approx. 1 hour 15 mins
Start time
1400h (2:00pm) and 1600h (4:00pm)
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 Interpretation Room of the Vaults, Blair Street
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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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