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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • Evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families
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75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
None
No under 5s

Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Old Police Box by starbucks

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.

Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.

Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.

Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.

As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.

When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.

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  • "Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!" See review

Reviews

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star-5
Dr. Knox’s witty delivery ….
Mark_G
, Jan 2022
Dr. Robert Knox was our guide. Very funny, kept everyone thoroughly entertained throughout the tour, very knowledgable and quick & witty delivery. A really good hr and a half. Very good value, clearly enjoyed by everyone. We’d even consider doing the tour again. Best to you Dr. Knox, Mark & Charlie 26.1.22
star-5
Dr Knox, great tour guide
Chris_C
, Jan 2022
The tour guide was informative and rather funny which made the tour very enjoyable. Would recommend to others
star-5
Excellent Ghost Tour
Jane_R
, Jan 2022
Excellent tour around the town. Tour guide sawnby bean was very good. He was very informative and made the tour fun.
star-5
Excellent tour
Brian_M
, Jan 2022
Our guide was The Hangman , who was excellent. Highly recommend this tour . The guide was really well versed in all Edinburgh history. Brilliant
star-5
very good
Grace_O
, Jan 2022
Dr Knox was incredible, can’t recommend enough. Very funny with a lot of information and a great attention grabber
star-4
Andrew was a really good...
Hannah_B
, Jan 2022
Andrew was a really good tour guide. Really interesting history and great to see the vaults. I enjoyed the tour.
star-5
A really great experience well worth the time
Sharon_R
, Jan 2022
We both really enjoyed the evening and everything about the tour Blackfriars graveyard and the volts Jess our guide was brilliant very informative and the spooky stories really brought it all together we would highly recommend this tour and we are looking forward to our next visit to Edinburgh and we will be booking again with the tour thank you
star-5
Good fun
Ruby_D
, Jan 2022
Very fun an informative night and the hang man was a lovely tour guide, spooky and historical!! Lots of thinks I’d never learned or seen living in Edinburgh
star-5
Wonderful journey to the...
Tenzin_p
, Jan 2022
Wonderful journey to the ghost tales with John the scientist! Absolutely a delight! Would recommend to everyone
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must do one evening in Edinburgh!
Peter_H
, Jan 2022
This was a fantastic tour showing a different side to Edinburgh. The dramatics were thankfully kept to a minimum, and the story telling really made this tour. The graveyard and underground’s vaults were a particular highlight. Our guide “Hellish Nellie” was amazing, and really made this experience. I certainly won’t walk down the streets of Edinburgh in the same way again!

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