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In Summary

  • Get exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults – the city’s oldest, deepest vaults
  • Become an archaeologist with our in-house expert
  • Handle and examine genuine artefacts discovered in the vaults
  • Discover archival documents about the building of the South Bridge, from the time of its design and construction
  • Enjoy a refreshment of locally sourced soft drinks or glass of claret, typical of 18th Century Edinburgh
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - be immersed and get lost in the stories...


About this tour

Underground tour

Want to see Edinburgh’s darkest secret?  With your small group, descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, exclusive to Mercat Tours.

It’s a story rooted in Edinburgh’s Georgian past – grand feats of engineering, the expansion of the city, and those who were left behind in its darker corners. But why were the vaults built? And who used them?

All your questions will be answered as our award-winning Storyteller bring the history of the vaults to life.


Expert-Led Workshop

After your tour you will head to Megget's Cellar - our underground suite.  Here you’ll have a unique opportunity to get hands-on with the history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults in an interactive workshop.

Our in-house archaeologist has selected items from our collections that illustrate life in the vaults throughout their history. You’ll handle these objects and piece together their part in the story under the guidance of our expert.

Then, examine archival documents – maps, plans, street directories and newspaper articles, that record the planning and building of the bridge, as well as public attitudes towards it . Throughout, enjoy a glass of claret – a drink once stored in volumes in the vaults below.  

 Join us to discover the true stories held within the vaults.

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Tour details

Dates & times

ONE-DAY EXCLUSIVE 4pm, 23rd Sept

Private group bookings

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  • Donate to help us reconnect vulnerable communities through storytelling - learn more about Our Stories, Your City.
  • Everyone has a warm welcome from us;
  1. NEW FOR 2023; local Edinburgh residents eligible for concession rates (EH postcodes)
  2. Carers supported with a free ticket, to book call us on 0131 225 5445.
  3. Read how we work to include you, here
  4. See our Euan's Guide Reviews.
  • Language: English. Learn more on our FAQs.


  • 2 hours

Step Count

  • 650

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Blair Street Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square

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