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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
  • Step into Edinburgh’s hidden underground vaults with a guide
  • Explore the winding passageways and hear grisly stories from their dark past
  • Hear tales of hardship and struggle in 18th-century Edinburgh
  • Explore a side to the Scottish capital many visitors miss
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Gratuities

Departure Point

Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK

Return Details

45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auld Reekie Tours Ltd

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

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Excellent guide
Lauren_H
, Nov 2020
Patrice was an incredible story teller and historian! We learnt a lot about the city and loved the scary tales of the vaults. Really good tour!
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Underground Tour
Marie_P
, Oct 2020
We loved hearing the history between the old and new town. Would like to have explored the caves a bit more
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Great tour with great guide
Viktorija_P
, Oct 2020
Great tour with Tuesday (out guide) Good knowledge and very informative tour. Tuesday was very engaging!
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Really spooky, tour guide Sophie made the experience exceptional
JessicaLillie
, Sep 2020
Brilliant Tour Brilliant Tour Guide Sophie was a brilliant host, and the vaults speak for them self.
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Tunnel experience
Tracy_H
, Sep 2020
tuesday the speaker was really good she covered all we needed to no. I would of like to see a bit more tunnels but enjoyed the experience
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Tour 21st February 2020
Lynn_M
, Feb 2020
Throughly enjoyed the walking tour. Very informative and our guide was excellent, he really brought the stories to life.
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Great Time in the Underground Walking Tour
michellevandereep
, Aug 2019
Our family of four loved this tour. It was relatively short which fit into our quick visit to Edinburgh really well. Our guide Darren was fun and informative.
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The tour was disappointing. We were...
leahwayne
, Aug 2018
The tour was disappointing. We were looking for a history tour of the vaults it was between this one and mercat whom own/rent a section of the vaults. We probably should have gone the other. The tour was suppose to be one hour. At 5pm we were met by our tour guide whom then took us to the ticket office. She continually checked her watch advising us she wanted to ensure of the time we started. We think it was more about what time she could clock off to go home as it was the last tour of the day. The tour did not start until about 5.10pm, with an explanation of each and every tool that was used for torture. Torture is was as it felt like a time filler and way too much time on the explanation and inappropriately positioning people to demonstrate. Between yawns we finally got to go down to the vaults and we hoped to hear some history. The tour was more about the guide asserting her credentials and her experiences with a focus on the ghost she could see and whether we could also see them. The tour then finished at 5.50pm. As we were chatting at the front we saw our guide promptly finishing work at 6pm. It was not an hour and not what was described. For us it was a waste of time and money.
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Sppoky, scary, creepy....and...
Susan H
, Apr 2018
Sppoky, scary, creepy....and historical. The guide was very informative and created an atmosphere of a paranormal environment. If you like the supernatural this is a must.
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Great guide! He had plenty of...
John H
, Dec 2017
Great guide! He had plenty of stories and was very good at adjusting the content as we had a child in the group. He was great about checking to see how she was doing she wasn't as scared as some of the adults. It was a great experience being in such an unusual historical place, quite a bit different than the castle tour. We didn't see a ghost, but I wouldn't go underground at night alone!
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