Artifacts from the Blair Street Underground Vaults
Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh © Mercat Tours

Historic Underground

From £13 PER ADULT

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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 bustle of Edinburgh’s Old Town you’ll discover a dark, damp world unchanged since the 18th century. Your expert guide will lead you deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and together you’ll explore their history – including how they became home to the city’s most destitute inhabitants.  

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? Save your questions for your Mercat tour guide, a masterful storyteller who will bring the history of the vaults to life – and talk you through some of the artefacts that have survived.

The walking tour takes 1 hour and 15 minutes, with time at the end in our Discovery Room – complete with 3D model and artefacts.

Contact details

Mercat Tours
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1QR
Starting
Edinburg Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
2h
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Medium Group (17-30) Private
Languages
English
Themes
Adventure City Family History Outdoor Activities Walking Walking/Hiking

Tour prices

From

  • £13 Per adult
  • £8 Per child
  • £11 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours are the original five-star history and ghost tour company in Edinburgh. Established over 32 years ago, our accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day. We explore Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland and our Blair Street Underground Vaults. We offer Edinburgh experiences in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. With guaranteed departures on our small group tours.

Opening Times

Daily 9am to 10pm

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