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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour

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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
  • Ghost tour of two haunted Edinburgh locations
  • Ideal for those fascinated by history and hauntings
  • Descend to the subterranean vaults beneath Blair Street
  • Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous Scottish personalities
  • Listen to commentary rife with tales of torture, cannibalism, and witchery
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Visit to Canongate Graveyard
Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
Award-winning local storytellers
Small group experience
TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy immersive storytelling at safe distance
192 Parliament Square, High St , 192 Parliament Square, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
Canongate Kirk , Edinburgh EH8 8FA, UK

Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN. This tour ends in the Graveyard of the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile, about an 8 minute walk straight down the hill from where your tour began.

At an evening departure time to suit your schedule, greet your guide in central Edinburgh. Your costumed guide immediately launches into terrifying tales to set the scene.

First, descend to the Blair Street vaults, subterranean tunnels renowned for the restless souls that reside there. As you explore the narrow passageways, hear tales of cannibals, body snatchers, and pacts made with the devils: the impenetrable darkness and chilling temperature ensures a chilling atmosphere.

After exploring the vaults, weave your way to Canongate Kirkyard, a vast cemetery home to famous Scottish figures. Hear troubling tales of James Douglas, the infamous Cannongate cannibal, and keep your eyes peeled for specters wandering in the darkness.

Bid your guide farewell at a central Edinburgh spot at the end of your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
The tour starts that the Mercat Cross where you will learn all about the significance of the Market Cross and the history of the Royal Mile
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Canongate Kirk
Canongate graveyard will bring you to the resting place of the city’s most famous figures: Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, confidant of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
St Giles' Cathedral
See the stunning architecture of St . Giles Cathedral
Pass By:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Explore the parts of Edinburgh that you would otherwise walk past
Stop At:  
Mercat Cross
Tour meeting point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Mercat Tours
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour .
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What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour .

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  • "There is a lot walking and uneven ground in the vault itself so be careful." See review

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star-1
Disappointed
Rolando_S
, Jul. 2022
Tour was canceled last minute. Expecting a refund. Kept getting reminders to phone even after cancellation. Very disappointed
star-5
What a nice afternoon activity
bailey_p
, Apr. 2022
What an awesome tour! We booked this one on a whim and we were both so glad we did. The tour guide was really nice, and we got some interesting information about the chambers even though it was a ghost tour. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Nice tour, great storyteller!
Herman_D
, Nov. 2021
The guide was very good, she really knew how to tell stories and keep the group very much engaged! We heard a lot of details about the history of Edinburgh. Margaret Ann is a great tour guide! I can higly recommend this tour organization to anyone visiting Edinburgh an eager to learn about its spooky history.
star-5
My experience
Patricia_C
, Sep. 2021
It was amazing!! My mom and I had so much fun! I would love to go again and when I come back to! I think its definitely worth the money and our guide, Steve... FANTASTIC!!
star-3
We were really looking...
Nicola_H
, Sep. 2021
We were really looking forward to this tour for having a look at the Vaults. We have seen them on TV. But we were a little disappointed we were only in the Vaults for a short time.
star-5
loved the tour
Rachael_P
, Sep. 2021
Fantastic walking tour, Jared was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, he clearly enjoys what he does. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-1
Mislabelled tour ruins night
Christopher_S
, Aug. 2021
You website does not state over 18's only, so when we arrived we were turned away as some of our group were under 18, this ruined our evening
star-5
Ghost walk
June_B
, Sep. 2020
Really enjoyable ghost walk/ history lesson with guide Lauren, couldn't go into the vaults cos of Covid, will definitely come back when it's possible.
star-5
Funny and excellent value
Stephen_T
, Aug. 2020
I’ll be honest, I thought it wasn’t my thing - but absolutely excellent! Lauren was funny, very very knowledgeable - loads of interesting things ... would do it again if she does a walk and talk about the extras she knows!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2020
Hi Wendy, this must be some kind of witchcraft, Lauren is actually here in HQ at the moment!! Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review. We are only just back up and running again, this is a fabulous boost. I'll just go catch Lauren and let her know! Remember and come back and visit us again. All the best Shirley
star-5
Great vault tour!
Jonathan_R
, Mar. 2020
Scott was amazing! Wonderful storyteller and very knowledgeable! Despite the rain we had a great experience!
star-5
Great time!
Mary D
, Oct. 2019
We were a group of six that ranged from 27 to 70 age. We all had a blast. Our guide was Ana and she was excellent. She was very informative as well as entertaining. There is a lot walking and uneven ground in the vault itself so be careful. Highly recommended! Tom&Mary USA
star-5
Atmospheric and interesting
Madgieboomills
, Oct. 2019
We had a very good time on the walk, lots of interesting content and spooky stories. Would've liked more historical information on the vaults; the different rooms and their uses, as you don't go into all of them (one was called The Kettle Room - what was that for?) The tour guide was very informative and funny, really enjoyed it
star-5
History thru Edinburgh
Gwen_H
, Jul. 2019
The walking tour was very interesting. The tour guide was very animated and concise in her presentation. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour.
star-4
Ok tour of life in that time h history...
glennbrown
, Jan. 2018
Ok tour of life in that time h history, not spooky or anything though
star-4
Really enjoyed this tour. More...
Janet H
, Sep. 2016
Really enjoyed this tour. More history as well as ghost stories, but the stories I would like to have spent more time in the vaults but did enjoy the entire tour.

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