Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh

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From $27.08

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


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

What's Included

  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • Small group experience
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy a more immersive storytelling experience

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 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.

    End point

    • 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.

    What To Expect

    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.

    Mercat Tours

    Visit our famous "Blair Street Underground vaults".

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Edinburgh Old Town

    Stopping occasionally for stories.

    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
    • 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 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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    Traveler Tips

    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
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    Scary but true
    Leanne_W, Jan 2023
    What a fascinating story teller Vennie was (sorry if I got your name wrong). Learnt lots about Edinburgh's history and the underground tour was really interesting. Would do it again!!
    The tour guide was...
    Anna_T, Jan 2023
    The tour guide was excellent it really made the tour a really good experience I also thought the head sets were a really good part of the tour made it easier to hear everything the tour Gide was saying
    Absolutely brilliant tour...
    Christine_M, Dec 2022
    Absolutely brilliant tour with Michael! Highly recommend. Wasn't sure what to expect but both entertaining and spooky in abundance!
    Ghostly experience
    Janet_F, Nov 2022
    There was an unexplainable tug on my bag twice There was no one near me Fred the tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining
    Very fun
    camie_f, Nov 2022
    We had a lot of fun. Our guide was very entertaining. I was please to see her get to know everyone before the tour began.
    Odd but fascinating visit of the Edinburgh vaults.
    Gregory_L, Nov 2022
    A very interesting visit of the vaults underneath the streets of Edinburgh and one you can't see otherwise, because said vaults are only accessible through a private building that conveniently belongs to the company that organises the tours. Our guide Neave was fascinating to listen to. She really has a knack for telling stories. She should become a teacher or something because she clearly has talent for keeping people interested. All in all, I strongly recommend this tour, since there's no other way to see the vaults!
    So Bad. Save your money.
    Steven_M, Oct 2022
    Very disappointed, wish I could get my money back. Spent an hour listening to someone talk about how they heard someone saw an apparition or felt a breeze on their neck. Would have been better with some historical crime like Burke and Hare murders. Instead they talked about how they found cobbler tools in the tunnel.
    The tour was very...
    Maxine_W, Aug 2022
    The tour was very interesting with historical facts & the tour guide Neave was fab, she had the group entertained throughout
    Fun and informative tour
    Jennifer_R, Jul 2022
    Fay was an engaging and entertaining guide for the underground vaults ghost tour. We were captivated the entire time!
    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
    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.
    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
    Great tour
    Sherri_M, Jun 2022
    An interesting tour. Learned some little known lore and maybe a few facts. Fay was an excellent guide.
    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!
    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
    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
    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.
    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…
    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.
    Garde loo
    Joanne_B, Oct 2021
    Scott is very good. My son loved it. Stories were interesting. No ghosts sited on this visit unfortunately