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Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour


Descend into Edinburgh’s shadowy underground past on this guided tour of the historic vaults beneath South Bridge. By candlelight, explore this dimly-lit 18th century space, once home to the city’s poorest residents. Learn about the grim living conditions and tales of haunting in these infamous vaults, featured on “Most Haunted.”

As your guide reveals Edinburgh’s darker history, hear chilling stories of serial killers Burke and Hare and witch persecutions. Discover the characters who stalked these streets and paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option includes more ghostly tales.


  • Take a guided tour of the dimly lit vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Explore the South Bridge vaults and learn about the history of what lies beneath the city’s streets
  • Hear about the squalid living conditions and diseases that ran rampant through the area


  • Tour of the South Bridge underground vaults
  • Guide
  • Entry to the Torture Exhibition (If option selected)

Tour Plan

What to expect

Also visit the torture exhibition to explore these gruesome artifacts firsthand. Delve deep beneath Edinburgh's Old Town to uncover the sinister stories hidden within these notorious underground vaults.

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tourist Information ticket booth outside of 300 Lawnmarket, located across the road from Deacon Brodie's Tavern.

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Additional information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Intoxication
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • This tour is in English only. There are no audio guides or translations available
  • The entrance of the vaults has a 2-foot tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Single-floor spiral staircase at entrance/exit of vaults and further small sections of stairs inside
  • The walking pace and terrain may not be suitable for those with any difficulty walking
  • Filming or live streaming of the tour is strictly forbidden
  • Some historical content may be of a distressing nature and may include subjects like torture, hangings, death, and the like
  • Tour without Torture Exhibition suggested suitable for ages 5+
  • Tour with Torture Exhibition suggested suitable for ages 12+
  • Children under 2 years not permitted.
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away
Cancelation policy

Free cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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