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About this tour

Tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on.  A daytime tour for kids that will take you to some of the city’s most horrible haunts including a visit to our famous Blair Street Underground Vaults.

You’ll hear all about the creepy characters lurking in the past and the hideous real history of how people lived in 19th century Edinburgh. As you walk this city built on witch trials, body snatching and a gruesome past of torture, your expert guide will take you to the places where history lives.

To start, you’ll visit the winding closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Learn the meaning of gardyloo and hope you never hear it, grimace at the tales of Scottish witches and find out what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard (clue: it’s not gold and shiny). You’ll even hear what school children, like you, once packed in their school bags on one eventful day.

A time when living in overcrowded closes proved as frightful as the ghoulish apparitions. 

Hear what jobs were available for younger members of society and get a glimpse at what a family ‘home’ might look like. You’ll finish your excursion beneath the streets in our exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults, once frequented by some of Edinburgh’s less appealing characters. And possibly still is…

If you’re aged 5 and over this is the tour for you and you'll even enjoy a special gift to take home!

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...

  • Learn about the real history of Edinburgh 
  • Enjoy a family friendly walking ghost tour in a small group
  • See artefacts found in Edinburgh’s secret underground
  • Hear about the grisly things that were once commonplace in Edinburgh life
  • Discover strange stories of ghostly apparitions 
  • Leave with your take home gift

Time, length & age

Tour starts at 10am every weekend and during school term times.

It includes a free gift souvenir for all kids.

Duration 1 hour 15 minutes

If you’re aged 5 and over this is the tour for you.

You need to be over 5 years old to join our tours.

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Blair Street Underground Vaults, 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