The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • Evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families

What's Included

  • 75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
  • Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
  • Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
  • Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
  • Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
  • 6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
  • Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
  • None
  • No under 5s

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 124 High St
    124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

    Old Police Box by starbucks

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.

Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.

Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.

Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.

As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.

When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.

Edinburgh Old Town

Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to tours
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!
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BRIAN_M, Mar 2023
James Douglas our tour guy was absolutely superb His knowledge and delivery of stories was excellent and also involving everyone on the tour Would certainly recommend to family and friends.
Boring and disappointing
Maxwell_O, Mar 2023
Was not impressed with this tour at all and think the description over promises what you actually receive. The tour consisted of about 3 very long drawn out “ghost stories” which were not that interesting. The only underground portion was in a small cellar of a basement of a building and then we were brought to a graveyard which we could not see because it was dark out. I would definitely recommend considering other Edinburgh tours.
Spooky fun
Hannah_S, Mar 2023
We had Dr. Knox and he was an excellent guide! He was entertaining and had so many spooky tales to share! Probably my favorite experience in Edinburgh
Zannifer_R, Mar 2023
Our guide was great. We had a wonderful time! Not only was the tour fun, it was so informative. We learned so much about the early days.
Great ghost tour!
Lori_H, Mar 2023
Really enjoyed the history and the presentation with our guide staying in character. He offered a great sense of humor as well. The graveyard was a nice touch!
Hayley_S, Mar 2023
The tour guide was excellent.. we had the amazing major weir and he made the trip enjoyable from start to finish..
Would recommend
Kelly_S, Mar 2023
Our tour guide was the Red Witch. She was very knowledgeable and funny and would recommend to anyone interested in history and the supernatural
Ryan_W, Mar 2023
Lafayette was wonderful! Worked well with the teenagers and the old weird husband! Very enjoyable! Hope to come back
Bloody Witches
Ewan_R, Mar 2023
Funny and graphic tour of blood guts and ghouls underground and overground. The Red Witch was a perfectly entertaining guide.
Cesar_R, Mar 2023
Our tour guide was awesome (Maggie was her name, I believe)! She was so sweet and even dressed the part (in 19th century clothing). She was very knowledgeable, nice and caring! We had a member of the audience fall on the cobble stone road and Maggie SPRINTED over there to check up on her (paused the entire tour to make sure she was not injured). The tour was fun and we traveled to a lot of places (underground tunnels, cemetery, etc). Highly recommended!
Grisly edinburgh!
Jonathan_J, Mar 2023
Mr weir was very funny and compassionate in his telling, or retelling, of the darker and smellier stories of Edinburgh's past, winding through the wynds and closes, culminating in a walk under the streets of the city. An interesting and informative tour!
Nothing special
Kateryna_S, Mar 2023
We could just walk around the city with the same result. Story and underground didn't impress, however it was pleasant to have a walk
Very Easy to find meeting...
John_J, Mar 2023
Very Easy to find meeting place the red witch was very informative and very funny well worth the price.
Scott_C, Mar 2023
Mrs. Beane was awesome! She was great at making the experience informative and spooky. Will highly recommend!
The history about the...
Wayne_M, Mar 2023
The history about the things people don't normally talk about. The tour could be longer and more on the under ground.
Callum storytelling
Georgiana_L, Mar 2023
Callum was a very funny, friendly guy and a good storyteller too. The history of the town is very interesting. Definitely I recommend you!
Excellent 100% recommend
Ais2002, Mar 2023
Dr O was our tour guide and he was brilliant , what a wealth of knowledge he had to share with us. It was amazing 100% recommend 👌
Great Ghost Walking Tour
Tom_W, Mar 2023
Great Ghost walk, Dr. Knox was a really entertaining host and saw great locations and heard interesting and dark tales
Honestly I was expecting...
Joyce_C, Feb 2023
Honestly I was expecting a horror like tour but it was not so as I thought. The tour guide was awesome, it’s just that the tour was not that creepy.
Chilling ghost walk
Linda_D, Feb 2023
James was an excellent guide. Very engaging. Lots of interesting stories to tell. Just scary enough to entertain, but not at all frightening.