Guided tour

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours

Edinburgh: Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 24.15 per person

Likely to sell out

This is a chance to descend and discover our world famous Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide


  • Explore the history of the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Hear how real people lived, and worked, in the Vaults
  • See, and touch, artefacts from 19th Century
  • Have a thrilling day with Scotland's first 5-star walking tour
  • Enjoy a 50% discount on this tour until February 18, 2022
Full description
The Story of the Underground This is a chance to visit our Underground Vaults – the deepest, largest and most extensive in the city in the company of a Mercat historian. After sitting unexplored for two centuries, there are many questions waiting to be answered…Why were the Vaults built? When and who by? Who used the Vaults? When and why? How did they work, and play? Your guide will recount their history, recall their stories and answer your questions during this glimpse into our past.
  • Shared or private tour (depending on option selected)
  • Visit to Interpretation Centre
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at a safe distance
  • Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meeting point is at the Mercat Cross, an 8-sided stone monument on the Royal Mile, next to St Giles Cathedral and opposite the City Chambers.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Tours operate rain or shine
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 280 reviews

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    I live 35 miles from Edinburgh but never been to do the tourist trips so took my husband and kids (14 and 9 yrs) and spent the day in Edinburgh. Mary-Ann was our guide and so knowledgeable about the vaults. Absolutely fascinating information and all the family enjoyed learning about our history. Would thoroughly recommend.

    July 27, 2022

    I actually booked the wrong trip. I thought I booked the underground city tour, but I booked the historic vault tour instead. The tour did not disappoint though, I’m glad we did it. The historic stories was just fabulous. Fred our guide made you relive it when she was taking to you.

    July 11, 2022

    Very good information about the history of the city. Exciting that you go down into the vault. There could have been a little more movement inside, but of course as the bridge doesn't offer that much space underneath, the amount of rooms toured was limited. All in all a very good tour. Value for money.

    March 18, 2020

    Product ID: 15762