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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • Evening Edinburgh underground vaults walking tour
  • Explore the Old Town’s ‘wynds’ and hear about their history and mysteries
  • Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, said to be the world’s most haunted graveyard
  • Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults and uncover their 400-year history
  • Hear tales of ghosts, murders and torture, and watch and listen for unexplained events
  • Guide dressed as one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters
  • Early evening tour suitable for families
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75 Minute evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and South Bridge vaults.
Guide plays a real, distinct and infamous character from Scotland’s history.
Walk through the Old Town’s distinctive closes, wynds and secluded squares.
Visit the world-famous, eerie, unforgettable Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Hear terrifying stories of hauntings, murders, executions and cannibalism.
6.45pm Evening tour is suitable for families.
Travel back in time and descend into our section of underground street.
None
No under 5s

Departure Point

124 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK

Old Police Box by starbucks

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the early evening. Your guide will be dressed as one of the Scottish capital’s most infamous historical characters, bringing an extra spook factor to your experience.

Then, set out on foot to explore the hidden wynds and closes radiating from the Royal Mile. Stroll through shadowy lanes and courtyards, and listen as your guide details their dark history and horrifying secrets, hearing tales of the criminality and murders once rife here.

Next, head to what is claimed to be the world’s most haunted cemetery: Greyfriars Kirkyard. Walk around the tombstones, and listen to stories of poltergeists, missing bodies, and the graveyard’s famously loyal dog.

Lastly, follow your guide into Edinburgh’s underground vaults. Explore the dark subterranean chambers, and uncover their 400-year history as you hear gruesome snippets about ghosts, torture, murder, witchcraft, and unexplained events.

As you walk, watch and listen or any strange events and noises: many visitors to the vaults have reported weird sensations and sightings.

When it’s time, re-emerge into the streets of the Old Town, where your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Experience the Old town's wynd's and closes Visit the most haunted graveyard in Edinburgh Explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the city's streets
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Edinburgh Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour.

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  • "Hangman was a brilliant guide and highly recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Edinburgh!" See review

Reviews

4.5
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1,462 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
The Hangman strikes again!
Andrew_C
, Oct 2021
Fantastic tour led by The Hangman. We went as a couple and both of us found it very interesting and historical. The Hangman was excellent at setting the scene while ensuring everyone had a fun time as well.
star-5
Great tour!
Peter_G
, Oct 2021
Very good trip with very good guide. James seemed to enjoy it as much as us! Lots of information and historical facts.
star-5
best tour ever
frasier_s
, Oct 2021
was absolutely amazing our tour guide Dr knox is the best tour guide we've ever had! would definitely recommend. lots of information thought
star-5
I recommend Hellish!
Gracie_E
, Oct 2021
Great tour guide, entertaining, fun and great way to see a different side of Edinburgh for a very reasonable price and not a huge time investment.
star-4
The Hang Man made the tour
Caroline_O
, Oct 2021
We had the Hang Man doing our tour he was very good and knowledgeable clearly been doing these tours for a while not as scary as I thought it would be but a fun tour
star-1
Good Tour Guide but Bad Tour
Yalini_N
, Oct 2021
We've done many viator tours before and felt this was a let down. The Tour guide was very passionate and a good storyteller but the tour itself was boring and uneventful. We expected more from a "world famous" tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun and spooky
Matthew_T
, Oct 2021
The tour guide interacted well with us all and was very informative. Learning about the prison which you wouldn’t know was there was interesting and finding out about the hero dog was fun as well.
star-5
Greatest Ghost Tour of Edinburgh
Ruth_A
, Oct 2021
Great experience- our tour guide Dr Knox bought the gruesome Scottish tales alive in an entertaining and informative way - highly recommend
star-4
Brill / too busy
Sandra_S
, Oct 2021
To many groups in cemetery wasted the Whole experience the guide done very well she was excellent very disappointed but the rest of tour was good
star-5
Very good experience!
Victoria_C
, Oct 2021
Dr Knox was amazing and very funny! Definitley made the tour worth going on just having him as our guide. Would recommend learned some good historical facts and overall enjoyed the walk around. Graveyard and vaults were very spooky so overall very good experience! Thank you

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