Tours & activities by Historvius from Viator

  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
From USD $15.84

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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)
Duration:
75 minutes (approx.)
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

Inclusions:
  • Walking tour
  • Local guide
Exclusions:
  • 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: Jill T, September 2016

Amazing history tour that was definitely confronting in that people actually lived and worked down there in the past!

Reviewed by: Jimmy E, August 2016

The tour was well worth the time. We learned a tremendous amount concerning Edinburgh history. Our tour fuide was excellent very informative and lively. Hoghly recommended