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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 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

Reviews

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star-5
Vaults
melanie_w
, May 2022
I would recommend the tour, it was very interesting, it was good to learn some history and it was also sad too, but definately worth doing , also to point out that I didnt find it slippy at all. Our guide was megan and she was great, also very helpful
star-5
Great time
Anthony_R
, May 2022
Fraser gave us a very informative and entertaining time. Would definitely recommend him as your guide.
star-5
A great thing to do when in Edinburgh!
Mel_P
, May 2022
Our guide Ashlyn was amazing! She really added some drama to the tour. Really quite scary and very interesting
star-4
A bit of a nothing. Wish I had went to the Castle instead.
Trev_N
, May 2022
The guide was great, but the group felt too big and the vault was a private access, so it was a novelty to see it. However the tour felt a bit padded out and staged for purpose of sensationalisation and time filling. Having done the two hours old town tour and ghost tour, for the same price, you’re better off going to those instead.
star-5
Entertaining
Joy_G
, May 2022
The vaults were a great experience and would recommend this tour. Andrew was a terrific, guide; very animated and descriptive in his stories and also very amusing
star-5
Great your must do
Murray_B
, May 2022
The guide was very informative and entertaining made the walk really interesting and his knowledge on the history was amazing
star-5
Quite interessting Tour,...
Christine_N
, May 2022
Quite interessting Tour, funny Guide Steward, Strange things happened I think we Had a witch in Out group..
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly informative and entertaining!
Debby_P
, May 2022
Great, informative and highly entertaining tour from Joshua. Fascinating insight into the underground of Edinburgh. Well worth it.
star-4
Vault tour
Joannr_C
, May 2022
Joshua was a great tour guide. I appreciated his detail and humor. I’m not sure what we actually saw was worth the price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Stefan_H
, May 2022
Great storyteller, with interesting stories en jokes. Impressive to see the vaults underneath the city. Would recommend.

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