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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss
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Gratuities

Departure Point

300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK

The tour starts from the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. The guide will meet everyone there. Please be there 5 minutes before the tour time.

Return Details

45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auld Reekie Tours Ltd
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

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  • "The vaults are very damp so make sure you wear suitable footwear" See review
  • "This tour is definitely worth going on at least once and I hope for your sake you get the guide Tuesday (like the day)." See review

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star-5
Stuart was an amazing...
Jacqui_E
, Oct 2021
Stuart was an amazing tour guide - very fun ! His stories were so real that I dreamt my husband had 3 scratches (after stepping into the ring of stones) and I felt a presence in the room …. Spooky
star-5
Fantastic tour & thoroughly recommend
Heather_T
, Oct 2021
Stuart was exceptionally knowledgeable and made it a fascinating experience with his energetic personal style
star-5
Stewart was fan-tastic -...
Lauren_P
, Oct 2021
Stewart was fan-tastic - guided tours we have been on on the past we both usually switch off at some stage but we both listened to every word and great story telling.
star-4
Guide was really good.
JanetE_M
, Oct 2021
Interesting history. Learnt more about the way of life for those living down there. The witches vault was the most interesting for me. Came away with three scratches on my arm after touching one if the stones.
star-5
Time well spent
James_C
, Oct 2021
Darren was our tour guide, his knowledge of Edinburgh was exceptional and he made the tour humorous.
star-5
Great tour!
Amanda_P
, Oct 2021
Darren was an amazing guide! Super funny and entertaining, got some good scares in as well as all the fascinating stories and history!
star-5
Would do it again.
Niki_L
, Oct 2021
Loved the tour and the history provided. Our guide Dan was fantastic. We had missed the tours in the past so came specifically to make this one and were thrilled we did.
star-5
Excellent hour spent
Victoria_S
, Oct 2021
Fraser! Hilarious, welcoming, tried to scare us but filled us with fun facts and clearly had a lot of knowledge. Thank you for a great hour
star-5
Life below streets.
Stuart_M
, Oct 2021
Guide Anna could answer all of our questions and did so with enthusiasm despite only the two of us on the tour.
star-5
Fun and interesting tour!
Andrew_R
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Patrice was very knowledgable and made the tour a fun experience! It was really good to hear about the darker side of Edinburgh’s past. We really enjoyed seeing the vaults kept as they were.

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