Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Blair Street Walking Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in New Town

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Enhance your experience of Edinburgh with an Edinburgh Super Saver - a combination of two tours at a discounted price. First, discover the Edinburgh Vaults — aka South Bridge Vaults — 18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. You’ll see evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more! Next, this 1.5-hour ghost tour — perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural — takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, you’ll descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Cannongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism and murder.
Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh (75 mins, 2pm & 4pm)Far below Edinburgh’s bustling city streets there lie the Edinburgh Vaults — a series of dark chambers formed under the 19 arches of the South Bridge in the late 18th century. Set out on a 75-minute walking tour of underground Edinburgh with a professional guide and learn about this subterranean expansion of historic Old Town. As your guide sheds light on the fireplaces, wine vaults and artifacts in the excavated vaults, hear about the 100 or so businesses — including taverns and trades — that once thrived at the South Bridge and used the concealed space for their workshops and merchandise.  Listen to haunting tales of Infirmary Street, the former site of Edinburgh's medical school, where it is said that the notorious duo, Burke and Hare, sold the bodies of their murdered victims. Search for signs of human habitation when city residents reportedly lived in, then vacated, the cavern-like vaults, and imagine life underground before you breathe fresh air again!Blair Street Underground Vaults Evening Walking Tour in Edinburgh (90 mins, 8:30pm)At an evening departure time to suit your schedule, you’ll greet your guide on the High Street, beside St. Giles High Kirk. Your costumed guide will immediately launch into to terrifying tales to set the scene. First, you’ll descend to the Blair Street vaults, subterranean tunnels renowned for the restless souls that reside there. As you explore the narrow passageways, you’ll hear tales of cannibals, body snatchers, and pacts made with the devils: the impenetrable darkness and chilling temperature ensures a spine-tingling atmosphere. After exploring the vaults, you’ll weave your way to Cannongate 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.

What’s included

  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Visit to Canongate Graveyard

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Family friendly
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour