The Vaults Tour

Created with Sketch. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
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Duration

1hr

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Location

Edinburgh

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Experience

Culture Vultures, First Timers

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Languages

English

Overview

Experience the Underground Vaults Tour Edinburgh!

Visit the infamous vaults hidden under the South Bridge in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in these former slums. Explore these dimly lit vaults, once the haunt of criminals, body snatchers, and witches alike! Each vault has stories of crime, disease and death, and lots more, with which your highly experienced and entertaining guide shall enlighten you with all the gory details.

Step down into underground Edinburgh and see a genuine witchcraft temple. Recently used by the “Source Coven of the Blue Dragon”. Enter their former temple, and learn why it was no longer safe for them to practice their craft in that vault. DARE you step inside the infamous stone circle?

Auld Reekie Tours Formed in 1995 they have been offering a wide range of underground and graveyard tours. Enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. They are the only tour company that owns its own vaults, having exclusive use of them. Apart from lighting, their vaults have remained mostly unchanged since they were built in the 1700s. Infamous as the best Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh. Rated “excellent” by over 559 travelers on Trip Advisor. Auld Reekie are a Scottish Tourist Board 4 star rated attraction.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Entertaining and expert guide
  • Unrivalled access to Edinburgh's underground world
  • Historical and Ghostly Stories

Included

  • A trip into Edinburgh's world famous underground vaults

Excluded

  • Consuming alcohol or drugs during the tour is strictly forbidden
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK

FAQs

Where does the tour start?
Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland.The address is 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH.
How early should I arrive for my tour?
We recommend arriving at least 5 minutes before your tour is due to begin.
Is it suitable for children?
There will be some gruesome stories told so this is at parents discretion.
Is photography permitted on this tour?
Yes you can take photos during your tour.
What time does the tour run?
Daily: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.
Do the vaults have disabled access?
No, they are accessed by a narrow staircase which may be an issue for people with restricted mobility.
Are dogs allowed?
Unfortunately not!
Do people jump out to scare us?
No, this is a storytelling tour.
Can I bring a child in a pushchair or stroller?
The tour is not recommended for children under 5. However, children 2yrs and up can join at the parents discretion. However, we cannot accommodate strollers and pushchairs.
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  • Enjoy this experience with our trusted partners: Auld Reekie

Reviews

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Kristen

23/09/2023

James was amazing!

Our tour guide, James, was the perfect combination of creepy and funny. As soon as he started to have you a bit concerned that a spirit or grave robber might pop up around the next corner, he’d lighten the mood with a quick quip. He made the tour an awesome experience. Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to go deep into the history and lore of Edinburgh.

Marie grant

28/11/2022

60th birthday

Choose to do this for my birthday, Marcus was a great guide ,funny and full of information, the history of the vaults was interesting, I was the only one to dare stepping into the stone circle, would do it again if more vaults are opened

Gareth

27/11/2022

Mr

We had a tour today 27/11/22 and Alex our guide was Great , very knowledgeable and gave a very captivating tour which was well delivered . Definitely worth a visit if your in Edinburgh ! Thank you

Christine

22/11/2022

Bloody Brilliant!

Highly recommend the vaults tour. Our guide Marcus was very entertaining and loaded with info and stories. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A must do in Edinburgh.

Patrick

31/10/2022

Brilliant

I'd highly recommend the tour to anyone. Our guide Jordan did a fantastic job - very knowledgeable and funny. The vaults themselves were very cool. 10/10!

Sngela

16/10/2022
Super fun! Very informative and a great time. Jordan was engaging and entertaining. We all left smiling. Thank you!

Angela

16/10/2022
Super fun, very informative, and just a great time! Jordan kept us engaged and entertained, and we left smiling.

Darron

08/10/2022

Mr

A really good tour, Alex was a great guide. Very informative, interesting and enjoyable, with just the right mix of creepy! Thoroughly recommended.

Donna

08/10/2022

Vaults Tour

Thank you Alex for giving us such an immersive tour this morning. We love a little jaunt to Edinburgh and its never complete without a spooky tour. The vaults this morning even at 10am were the right amount of spooky and informative. Would absolutely recommend :)

Ilia

01/10/2022
The tour was fascinating, our guide tour Ania was fantastic!

Andy

19/08/2022

Amazing

Brilliant tour, Alex was amazing, I even stepped into the witches circle

Mandy

25/04/2022

Underground Vault Tour

Our guide Stewart was excellent. He made it fun and entertaining as well as informative. Would definitely recommend.

Faye

04/03/2022

Underground tour 04.03.2022

We have just been on the underground walking tour today.It was extremely interesting but I believe the thing that made everything much better was our amazing tour guide Ashlyn. She is great at her job ,very entertaining and able to keep your attention at all times. Thank you for a lovely time. Faye & Yannick

Beckie Gotts

15/09/2021

Ms

Daiva the tour guide was absolutely fantastic! extremely knowledgeable and had a great way of putting the history of edinburgh across! very very friendly and funny! couldn’t of asked for a better guide to go into the vault with! i would recommend this tour and especially this guide to anyone who’s planning on visiting! you will not be disappointed!!
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