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About this tour

A daytime tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults – and we’re the only people with access. This tour is perfect for a peek into the city’s ghostly past, because things don’t only go bump in the night. 

The true history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults is terrifying enough – so abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and make-believe. The skill is in the storytelling: the vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants and torturers. It’s one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread.

Want see Edinburgh’s haunted vaults? Explore them exclusively with Mercat Tours.

First you’ll follow your cloaked Mercat guide through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. These are dark streets untouched by daylight, filled with a strange silence, their damp walls carrying only the faintest echo of the crowds on the high street you’ve left behind.

With the scene set, you’ll descend into the depths of the city – and listen in horror to its dark and sinister side. Torture. Murder. Hangings. From body snatchers to the real-life Jekyll and Hyde, you’ll be gripped by the true tales that lie hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets.

Watch out for a cold breath on the back of the neck, a whisper, a flicker – then silence. It’s all the more chilling for being absolutely real: there are no tricks or jump scares on our ghost tours.

Book this tour

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*Family ticket covers 2 adults and 2 children between 5 - 15 years

*Concession tickets apply to seniors and students, with valid ID.

Your Edinburgh tour at a glance

Book this tour if you'd like to...

  • Experience a ghost tour in the safety of the daylight hours
  • Get up close to Edinburgh’s haunted past
  • Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy a personal tour in a small group
  • Learn about torturers, murderers, and the real Jekyll and Hyde

Time, length & age

Summer (April - October): 3pm and 5pm daily

Winter (November - March): 3pm daily, 5pm Saturdays

1 hour 15 minutes

Children over five years of age are welcome – but you’ll need to judge if they’re up to it!

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square

award award

Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards