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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh

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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Ideal for those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour of Edinburgh’s underground vaults is sure to make your spine tingle. With a ghoulish guide, descend into the darkened depths of the Blair Street Vaults and hear vivid retellings of torture, murder, and body snatching. Abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and prepare to experience the sinister side of Edinburgh on this small-group tour.
  • Tour of the Blair Street underground vaults in Edinburgh
  • Ideal for those intrigued by the paranormal, this spooky tour is sure to scare
  • Listen to gruesome tales of torture, murder, and body snatching
  • No manufactured frights, ensuring everything you experience is genuine
  • Exclusive access to the vaults on this tour
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Award-winning local storytellers
Small group experience
Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy immersive storytelling at safe distance
Mercat Cross , High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.

28 Blair St , 28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK

Mercat Tours, 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. This tour ends after a visit to our Blair Street Underground Vaults.

At an afternoon departure time to suit your schedule, greet your guide at a central location. Following your cloaked guide, weave your wicked way through the shadow-shrouded streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town and gain insight into Edinburgh’s dark history.

After the spooky scene has been established, descend to the vaults beneath Blair Street and feel a morbid chill permeate the air. Tentatively wander through darkened passages and hear gruesome tales of torture, murder, and body snatching.

Ghost stories galore, you are sensitive to a cold breath on the back of your neck and the flicker of a candle in the distance. Return to daylight and bid your guide farewell.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mercat Tours
Visit our famous "Blair Street Underground vaults".
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Stopping occasionally for stories.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercat Cross
Tour meeting point.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
Stroll the shadowy closes to soak up the atmosphere of the Royal Mile
Duration: 30 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
  • Please note that we cannot accept babies or children under the age of 5 on this tour.
  • 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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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh?
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 Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh?
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 Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh?
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 Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh.

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  • "It was great, tour guide really good fun , stories were grizzly, well worth doing , even if it's raining go for it , under cover or under ground" See review

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star-5
Brilliant experience
ashleigh_R
, Jul. 2022
We were in Edinburgh for my birthday from Newcastle and booked this experience in advance and we were definitely not disappointed. Was great to hear the history of this magnificent city off our fab guide naomi
star-5
Great tour highly recommended!
David_C
, Jun. 2022
This was a visit we had been really looking forward to. The host, Naomi, was first rate! Knowledgeable, entertaining and amusing in just the right measure. The vaults were atmospheric and the tour was perfect.
star-5
Excellent value
Kevin_S
, Jun. 2022
It was informative, and Michael was very passionate about the backstory of the vaults along with some additional history, Definitely worth checking out and well worth the money
star-5
Great tour
Sherri_M
, Jun. 2022
An interesting tour. Learned some little known lore and maybe a few facts. Fay was an excellent guide.
star-5
Spooky fun
Teagan_A
, Apr. 2022
Great time— was glad to see the vaults after days in above ground. Make sure you’re ready to stand for a long time!
star-5
Great
Norry_R
, Jan. 2022
Margaret Anne. Set the tone well Loved her jokes and upbeat presence Was fun and informative Was a chilly night however it is warmer in the vaults
star-5
Fabulous historical tour
Lauren_S
, Jan. 2022
Brilliant tour guide. Margaret Ann Fab atmosphere Very knowledgable Ear phones provided Started at correct time lasted 1 hour 15 mins
star-5
Naomi was an absolutely...
Chloe_B
, Dec. 2021
Naomi was an absolutely brilliant guide. Friendly, very knowledgeable and theatrical. The tour was a different and enjoyable way of experiencing Edinburgh.
star-5
The Vile ghostly vaults of Edinburgh
Daniel_R
, Nov. 2021
All of the tour was interesting which was helped by our guide Mark. The stories of the ghosts and most of all The Watcher, vile person who preyed on the vulnerable late at night. Definitely worth a trip down to the vaults under Edinburgh’s deprived and sordid areas full of the smell of death, slums and decay…
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
It's our wedding week...
Sue_A
, Oct. 2021
It's our wedding week this was our first trip. Getting married 28th October. Just great. The night was lovely the man telling the story was fantastic would come again.
star-5
Garde loo
Joanne_B
, Oct. 2021
Scott is very good. My son loved it. Stories were interesting. No ghosts sited on this visit unfortunately
star-4
Awesome ghost tour
Becky_M
, Oct. 2021
Awesome night exploring underground vaults. Amazing tour guide with lots of tails and story's to tell
star-5
Atmospheric and the tour...
Alison_T
, Sep. 2021
Atmospheric and the tour leader really brought it to life, an excellent narrator. Would really recommend to any age group.
star-2
Poor value
Harry_S
, Sep. 2021
Not enough content for a paid tour. Perhaps the tour should include more general history of Scotland and Edinbourgh whilst walking around the streets , and relegate the vaults to just a smaller section of the tour. The ghostly part was not very entertaining or interesting. We took a two hour free walking tour the day before which was very educational and full of entertaining stories.
star-5
Underground vaults
Daniel_T
, Sep. 2021
Excellent tour Scott the guide was really good was a very informative tour and very enjoyable. Really enjoyed the underground vaults and the history held within them
star-5
Great tour
Samara_M
, Sep. 2021
Really enjoyed the tour, Jared, the guide, was incredible he created an amazing interactive experience, we can't give him enough credit! Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Edinburgh. Shout out to the company for being a living wage employer.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Bruce_W
, Aug. 2021
I thought our guide was excellent she kept us entertained with her storytelling and made the tour really enjoyable
star-5
No one knows your beneath them.
Glenn_H
, Aug. 2021
Naomi was very good at building up the atmosphere of the vaults with her story telling. We had to watch Most Haunted when we got home from when they visited. Very interesting and enjoyable visit.
star-5
A must-do whilst visiting Edinburgh.
Michelle_G
, Aug. 2021
Naomi was a fantastic host and informative speaker. She enabled us to question our experiences when inside the vaults. Did we hear the bells and feel the cold on our legs??? That's a question other visitors will have to find out for themselves.
star-5
Incredible wow !
Lucy_T
, Aug. 2021
So brilliant - I think Jack was close by and afterwards we spoke to the guide and he confirmed Jack the small child ghost only targets women who work with kids - I work in child protection and I definitely think he touched my jacket at the back ….. spooky the guide thinks Jack thought I was there to protect him ..

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