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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 293404VAULTS
Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful dark rooms of arched ceilings, fireplaces and 18th century wine vaults lie beneath the South Bridge, one of the city's main thoroughfares.
The late 18th century was a time of great expansion and innovation in Edinburgh. To improve access from the Old Town to the new developments two enormous structures were built, the North and South Bridges. By 1790 there were almost one hundred businesses active on the South Bridge with their workshops in the underground Vaults below.

As well as lack of natural light, the Vaults suffered from water seeping from the South Bridge above, stalactites are evidence of this.

But, there was a darker side too. To the immediate south stands Infirmary Street, where Edinburgh's medical school used to be. It was here that the notorious pair, Burke and Hare, sold the bodies of their murdered victims. Could the vaults have stored a different sort of merchandise?

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Departure Point:
The Royal Mile
Departure Time:
April - October
2:00pm and 4:00pm Daily
November- March
4:00pm Daily and 2:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Return Details:
Concludes at the Interpretation Centre, off the Royal Mile.

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2:00pm Departure
Code: EN1400

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4:00pm Departure
Code: EN1600

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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

  • Walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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  • Not recommended for child aged 8 and under
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Shona N, January 2015

Factual and amusing. The guide did a brilliant job. Would recomend.

Reviewed by: Vincent M, December 2014

Excellent tour, a trip through time to a much darker age 

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Tour code: 293404VAULTS