9:30pm & 8:30pm
Tour starts at Mercat Cross, Royal Mile, EH1 1RF. Look for the 8-sided monument with white Unicorn on top just after Cafe Nero.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Tour ends at Discovery Room, 28 Blair Street, EH1 1QR.
You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers at the scheduled time. On this tour you will discover: Blair Street Underground Vaults by candle light: Let not the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile fool you. Underneath the lively city, lies a concealed realm of hidden vaults and secret passageways, once the dark underworld of the city. 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. You will be touring the Blair Street Vaults, built under the 19 stone arches of the South Bridge constructed in the late 18th century where you can explore the subterranean chambers with your guide and hear bone-chilling stories. The tour ends in the vault’s interpretation room.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
Unfortunately, guests below the age of 18 years will have to sit this one out.
TourTalk: Devices will be used on our tours to allow personal distancing and ensure that the guide is still heard clearly whilst wearing PPE. Visitors are advised to bring their own headphones where possible (standard 3.5mm jack). Headphones will be provided for those who need them.
We have reduced the capacity on each tour to allow for appropriate social distancing.
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