Tours & activities by Travora Media from Viator

  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
From USD $14.93

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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 Dates:
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)
75 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at the Interpretation Centre, off the Royal Mile.

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2:00pm Departure
Code: EN1400

Departs at 2:00PM

USD $14.93
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4:00pm Departure
Code: EN1600

Departs at 4pm

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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
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 8 and under
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: jdonnachie, October 2016

Loved this tour! The vaults are so fascinating and our tour guide, Gillian, was awesome. She truly made the tour with her storytelling skills and overall knowledge of the vaults and Edinburgh at large. Even though this tour was just historic and did not really touch on the haunted side of the vaults, it was a little creepy just being down there! Highly recommend this tour - about 75 minutes long and well worth it!

Reviewed by: Kara P, September 2016

I had a brilliant time on this tour! Gillian was fantastic, very funny, friendly and knowledgeable. I will very highly recommend her, the tour and Edinburgh to my friends and I will definitely be back for another visit in the near future. Thank you Gillian!