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Ghostly Edinburgh: Underground Vaults and Canongate Churchyard Tour

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    • Adults (19+)
    • Children (5-15)
  • Children from age 0 to 18 are not allowed.
    • 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
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    1 hours 45 minutes

    Start Time

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

    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

  • Overview & Itinerary

    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

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Tour of Edinburgh Vaults and Canongate Churchyard
    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

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

    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.

  • Customer Reviews

    • Great experience could be longer in the vaults

      Could be better if you stay longer in the vaults

      Stephen davies, United Kingdom, 18/Oct/2016
    • excelence deal

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

      georgios georgiou, Cyprus, 25/Mar/2014
    • nice experience

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

      georgios georgiou, Cyprus, 25/Mar/2014


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