Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking Tour with Underground Vaults

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Edinburgh Night Walking Including Underground Vaults

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
  • Enjoy a small-group experience, limited to 18 people maximum
  • Experience Edinburgh’s famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults by candle light
  • Visit sites of documented hauntings, ghosts and spirits
  • Hear fascinating stories of crimes, hangings and mysterious legends from your expert guide
  • Edinburgh late-night ghost walking tour

What's Included

  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • Small group experience
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy a more immersive storytelling experience
  • This is strictly an adults-only tour suitable for those aged 18+ (not at parental discretion)

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Mercat Cross
      High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

      You will see staff wearing black and orange clothing and lanyard as well as a Mercat umbrella.

    Start time

    08:00 PM

    End point

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

      This tour ends at the Blair Street Vaults

    What To Expect

    Take a ghost walking tour through Edinburgh and discover its mysterious secrets and chilling history. Your entertaining guide leads you down side streets and alleyways, and recounts supernatural history, fiendish plots and sinister tales from the city’s darkest corners to its subterranean chambers.
Visit sites of hangings and documented spirit hauntings; discover where Edinburgh’s disreputable characters committed crimes of passion; and hear legendary stories, such as that of a wizard who was burned at the stake. Learn, too, about the notorious ‘bodysnatchers’ who reputedly stole fresh bodies from graveyards to sell to medical schools for anatomy lectures.

    Then follow your guide underground to the Blair Street Vaults, built under the 19 stone arches of the South Bridge constructed in the late 18th century. Led by candlelight flickering in the shadows, you’ll see where lively poltergeists bide their time and learn of Edinburgh’s darkest deeds before your tour ends back above ground.

    Mercat Cross

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    St Giles' Cathedral

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Royal Mile

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Mercat Tours

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Edinburgh Old Town

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • 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
    • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    427 reviews
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    The guide Ross was...
    FAYE_S, Sep 2023
    The guide Ross was awesome but we were hoping for more actual events of the history of the vaults. Perhaps we chose the wrong tour for what we were looking for.
    A ghost relative?
    Kristy_M, Sep 2023
    When the guide asked everyone to close their eyes and say the first name that popped in their head. A complete stranger said “Jack McPherson”. I instantly got goosebumps as this was my grandfather’s name. Made the experience that much better.
    Spooky Thrilling
    Emma_D, Aug 2023
    We had Ross as our tour guide and WOW he was amazing. His story telling was brilliant and made the tour super spooky and also enjoyable. If you have Ross- you're in for a treat!
    Really fun thing to do 👍🏻🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
    Carrie_L, Jul 2023
    Stephanie (our guide) was lovely. She was fun and interesting. She knew her stuff and presented it very well. The vaults were interesting, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it as I’m a bit woosie of the dark and small spaces, but that added to the ‘scare’ 😂👍🏻😊
    Linda_C, May 2023
    While the tour leader worked hard and did a great job acting the part of someone terrified of the ghosts, the experience itself was just silly. Maybe children would enjoy it. We adults did not.
    Great story tellers
    Kayla_C, May 2023
    Great time. Definitely gory, but good story tellers. Neave was very animated and enthusiastic. Very much enjoyed. Just didn’t want to eat dinner after.
    Fun, informative tour
    Danielle_L, May 2023
    Enjoyed the tour and learned quite a bit about the ghosts and ghouls of Edinburgh. Tour guide (I believe his name was Ross) was also very interactive.
    Michael is a great story...
    Ilana_Z, Mar 2023
    Michael is a great story teller!!! We had a lot of fun, very immersive and interacting experience!!!
    Gordon_F, Feb 2023
    This was not the trip I was expecting, I expected a staged, actors jumping out scaring people, fake kind of tour but it wasn't, it was an educational, historical tour that was very interesting. Our guide Fay was fantastic, she had a very tough audience but was very informative, clear and did a great job.
    Great experience!
    Whitney_O, Oct 2022
    Very fun and interesting way to learn more about Edinburgh’s dark history. Neave was a fantastic story teller and I loved hearing her tell the spooky tales of the past.
    Underground night tour
    Jeff_W, Sep 2022
    Michael was a very good story teller!! Enjoyed learning about the history of Edinburgh! It was fun to see the vaults.
    Great Guide
    debrawagner69, Aug 2022
    Our tour guide was great but wish we had walked around to some more areas. Loved going into the vaults
    Ghost tour
    Frank_S, Jul 2022
    Storyteller was great! Would have liked to hear a bit more about the history of the vaults, but experience was great!
    Plenty of shock, with no shlock.
    Marshall_D, Jun 2022
    While I absolutely wanted to see Edinburgh's famous underground, I had no interest in seeing costumed characters trying to scare me. This tour struck an excellent blend of history, fable, and just a little bit of drama for added effect. The tales that Maeve shared were interesting and gruesome and the sights leading up to the underground were interesting. The underground was the highlight, of course, and we spent almost exactly the perfect amount of time there, hearing about the actual history and the paranormal tales of an extraordinarily creepy setting. Less time would have been too short and longer would have started to get claustrophobic. I highly recommend it.
    Not what I wanted
    CharlesF_M, May 2022
    I thought I was going to hear about the history of the underground vaults and their significance in Edinburgh’s past; however, unfortunately I did not. The tour was more of a “ghost tour” and guides told stories to make you think spirits dwelled in the vaults. It was not what I wanted and was disappointing in historical content.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Hi Charles, Thanks for joining us. I'm sorry to hear that the tour wasn't what you wanted. We do have a history only tour of the vaults which may have been more to your tastes. The tour you booked however was a ghost tour. All the best, Kim
    Great for people who like the darker side of history really good tour
    Angela_H, Apr 2022
    The vaults very spooky great story telling by Mark . The tour is not too long so it keeps your interest
    Jayne_L, Mar 2022
    The 'tour'was a disaster. On arrival at the meeting point we were met by no one. Phone calls were unanswered and our night was ruined. Please people do not use this company
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Hi Jayne, I'm extremely sad to see this negative review. We sent you all of the relevant information about the meeting point and time, as we do for all of our visitors. All other fourteen visitors booked onto the same tour made it on. We had team at both the Mercat Cross and the office at the time of your tour. Our team also wait at least an additional 15 minutes in the case of a visitor not showing up incase they are running late. Hence, we are unsure how you were unable to contact anyone. Please could you send us over more information at info@mercattours.com so that we can look into this. Kind Regards, Kim
    Fantastic tour
    Nia_B, Jan 2022
    Our guide was hilarious if he isn’t a stand up comedian when he’s not being a guide he should be! Fantastic tour, really interesting, Incredibly creepy and made me jump out of my skin on many occasions!
    kieran_b, Nov 2021
    If you have any sense. Max out your credit cards and wait for the bill to come in. That’ll give you a bigger fright. Avoid this bull and stay in pub.
    Our Guide was lovely and...
    Shelby_H, Oct 2021
    Our Guide was lovely and she really did make a fun atmosphere and the headphone set was a nice touch. However if you're looking to hear any real haunted history of Edinburgh this isn't for you. There wasn't much of a walking tour which was why we booked. Whole thing altogether was short lived. The 'tour' was like a 2 minute walk down the Royal Mile, then half an hour in the vaults No real history or stories told or learned, in truth we have no idea what the vaults were really used for. It was half an hour of made up ghost stories that made no sense to the tour and a heap of ramble about other groups feeling weird chills. For the money it cost, we left with no real ghostly history about Edinburgh, just that a few people 'passed' out in the vaults feeling a 'ghostly presence'.

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