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Historic Vaults Tour, Underneath Edinburgh

  • The 18th century vaults are a catacomb of chambers hidden deep under the Old Town
  • Some believe Burke and Hare stored the bodies of the people they killed here
  • The stories of the vaults are hair-raising...do you dare to enter?

This tour of the Edinburgh Vaults is certainly not for the faint hearted.  The vaults have lain empty for almost 200 years; they housed a number of businesses such as legal practices, cobblers and some more illicit characters.  This tour is packed with tales of the lives of people working and living here.

Your guide brings the jaw dropping tales to life with humour and passion, guiding you through the labyrinth of corridors and chambers.


1 hour15 mins

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Wheelchair Friendly


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This experience is not suitable for spectators

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No Animals Allowed

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Mercat Tours, Mercat Cross, Edinburgh

Mercat Cross,
Royal Mile,
United Kingdom

Founded in 1985, Mercat Tours are well established tour company set in the heart of Edinburgh. Visitors to the city, traditionally went to the Mercat Cross on the High Street, to seek local information and so it was decided all their tours would begin here and in turn the company would be named after it! They offer a brilliant range of fascinating history and eerie ghost tours, above and below the ancient streets of Edinburgh…
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