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About this tour

Deep beneath the streets of Scotland’s capital, you’ll discover the city’s oldest vaults. This self-guided tour is ideal for independent explorers, young and old.

Armed with a map to guide you, descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults to explore Edinburgh’s subterranean past. See where the city’s destitute lived and worked – and where their restless spirits tread.

An expert Mercat guide will start the story for you, then you’re free to roam the vaults. Peering into the darker corners might give you an idea of where the body snatchers hid their wares, or how the city’s most unfortunate inhabitants lived.

Want to see Edinburgh’s darkest secret?
Descend into our vaults, exclusive to Mercat Tours.

The vaults have changed little since the 18th century: in our Discovery Room you’ll find a few artefacts from the first excavation in the 1980s, as well as a 3D model and a captivating presentation.

You’re then free to explore the vaults on your own for up to 45 minutes in the vaults. Go at your own pace, and spend a little time imagining life here: dark, damp, airless spaces, the heart of the city’s underworld.


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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...

  • Get exclusive access to the city’s oldest, deepest vaults
  • Discover secrets and stories of Edinburgh’s underworld
  • Explore at your own pace

Time, length & age

April - October: 10.30am and 11.30am daily
November - March: 10.30am and 11.30am, Saturday and Sunday only

The tour is 45 minutes, with self-guided access

Children over five years of age are very welcome!

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

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

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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