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Ghostly underground walking tour of Edinburgh

Free cancellation
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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Experience a ghost tour in the safety of the daylight hours and learn all about Edinburgh’s haunted past

Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults

Enjoy a personal tour in a small group

Learn about murderers, torturers, and the real Jekyll and Hyde

What to expect

The true history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults is terrifying enough – so abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and make-believe. The skill is in the storytelling so prepare to be chilled to the bone as the vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants and torturers.

It’s one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread. You’ll follow your cloaked guide through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town – dark streets untouched by daylight and filled with a strange silence, whose damp walls carry just the faintest echo of the crowds on the high street you’ve left behind.

With the scene set, you’ll descend into the depths of the city and listen in horror to its dark and sinister side. Torture, murder, hangings; from body snatchers to the real-life Jekyll and Hyde, you’ll be gripped by the true stories that lie hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitised between use

What’s included

Walking tour with professional guide


Mercat Cross, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom

Meeting point:

The Mercat Cross is an 8 sided monument situated on the Royal Mile. The tour departs from right in front of it.


Mercat Tours

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Please note this tour is only available in English
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour
  • Tour ends: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square
  • Devices will be used so that the guide is still heard clearly whilst wearing PPE
  • Concession tickets apply to seniors and students, with a valid ID
  • Children over five years of age are very welcome
  • Please bring your own set of 2.5mm jack headphones (where possible) for use with the TourTalk devices
  • Please note anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to join the tour
  • This tour runs in all weather conditions, please dress accordingly to the weather. Sensible walking shoes are advised
  • There are facilities to store your bags/luggage
  • Please note only service dogs are welcome on this tour
  • The maximum number of participants is 18 people

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