Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

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Venture underneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile for terrifying ghost stories on this guided tour of the city's underground which includes the Edinburgh Vaults, stone circle vault, and a torture exhibition.


  • Explore above and below Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Go to the underground vaults of Auld Reekie to hear horrifying ghost stories
  • Learn how instruments of torture were used
  • Discover the living conditions of the wynds and closes in days gone by


Join this late-night guided walking tour in English of Edinburgh to discover the city’s darkest and most frightening experience. Hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. Walk through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions of the population that once lived in these underground rooms. Listen to stories from your guide about murderers who roamed the streets and snatched bodies to sell to medical schools at the time. Then, hear stories of the scratching hauntress who leaves marks on her victims. Witness torture exhibits and learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Finally, go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, and see the infamous stone circle vault, still decorated with pentagrams and spiritual symbols.


Entry to the Torture Exhibition Entry to the vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge Guide

Important Information

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away from the tour
  • This tour is in English only. No audio guides or translations are available
  • This tour is for strictly people over 18 only, anyone under 18 years of age will be refused entry
  • Toilets are not available during the tour
  • Some content may be of a distressing nature and may include content related to torture, hangings, death, and the like
  • Entrance to the vaults is by a 2-foot-tall step and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • There are single-floor spiral staircases at the entrance/exit of vaults and further small sections of stairs inside
  • The walking pace and terrain may not be suitable for those with any difficulty walking
  • Filming or live streaming of the tour is strictly forbidden and could result in ejection from the tour

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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