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The Historic Underground Vaults Tour

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1 hr 15 mins

Underneath the busy streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town, is a dark, hidden world unchanged since the 18th century. Follow an expert guide deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and uncover its mysterious history – including how it came to be home to Edinburgh’s most destitute inhabitants.

Highlights

  • Get exclusive access to Edinburgh’s underground world, the Blair Street Vaults
  • Follow your guide through the shadowy closes of the vaults and learn about their fascinating history
  • Explore, see and touch original artifacts from the 19th century
  • Discover how people used to live and work in these damp, hidden caverns
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Your Experience

When the construction of Edinburgh’s South Bridge was completed in 1788, there was a bustling underground world that existed in its shadows - the Blair Street Underground Vaults. Unfortunately, the vaults began to get abandoned, thanks to poor ventilation and frequent flooding. A seedier crowd eventually took over this dark, damp, underground world. Brothels, gambling centers and the city’s poorest residents all crammed into the tightest of spaces here. It was eventually filled with rubble and sealed in the mid 19th century and was only accidentally rediscovered in the 1980s.

During your time here, you will get to experience a part of Edinburgh’s history that was very nearly forgotten. Illuminated by flickering candles and torches, the vaults offer a haunting atmosphere. Listen to your guide, a master storyteller take you through some of the only artifacts to have survived!

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Inclusions

  • Ticket for a 75-minute scheduled public history tour
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Visit to the Discovery Room
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Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks
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Know Before You Go

Important Information

  • Make sure to dress for the weather. Wear appropriate footwear as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • For health and safety reasons, children under 5 years of age are not permitted on this underground tour

Timings

Daily at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM

Duration

1 hr 15 mins

Discounted Tickets

Ages 5-15yrs and seniors aged 65yrs and above enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID)

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Flexible Cancellation Policy

Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 48h before the schedule

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My Tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point
  • If you have purchased reduced-priced tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid student IDs
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays

Meeting Point

  • Your meeting point is Mercat Cross, High Street (High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom)
  • This is easily accessible from St. Gile’s Cathedral
  • To locate the meeting point on Google Maps, simply search for - Mercat Cross
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Getting There

  • The closest bus stops are Market Street and South Bridge, both 3-minute walks to the meeting point
  • The closest train station is Edinburgh Waverley, a 5-minute walk to the meeting point

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