Mercat tour

Historic Underground

In Summary

  • Get exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults – the city’s oldest, deepest vaults
  • Discover the history of day-to-day life in Old Town Edinburgh’s wynds and closes, as well as in the vaults
  • See and touch authentic 19th Century artefacts found in the vaults
  • Visit our Discovery Room, with 3D models and displays
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - get immersed and lost in the stories...

 

About this tour

Edinburgh vaults

Get exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults – the largest system of underground caverns in Edinburgh. Built in the 18th Century beneath South Bridge, we’re the only walking tour company with access.

Beneath the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Old Town, you’ll discover a dark, damp world that has remained unchanged since the 18th Century. Your expert Storyteller will lead you deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and together you’ll explore its perfectly preserved history – including how it became home to the city’s most destitute inhabitants.  

Underground tours

Want to see Edinburgh’s darkest secret? Descend into the 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 throughout the duration of our Historic Underground tour, where our award-winning storytellers bring the history of the vaults to life.

Customer review

"Very interesting, learnt a lot about Edinburgh history and how the vaults came about, also how they were used."

Abi, Google

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Tours details

Dates & times

Time: 14:00, 16:00

 

Private group bookings

Reconnect with friends and family on a tour just for you.  Book online now, or if you'd like we're happy to help on email info@mercattours.com

 

Details

  • Small groups mean tickets are limited – we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place and get the best price
  • Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accessibility page and Euan's Guide Review.
  • Check how we make sure you will be safe and feel safe on tour

Duration

  • 1 hours 15 minutes

Tour location

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

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Customer review

"Very interesting, learnt a lot about Edinburgh history and how the vaults came about, also how they were used."

Abi, Google

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Awarded 5 stars continuously since 2007 in recognition of our commitment to our customers and always improving our tours and experience.

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