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This Victorian-Gothic monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott stands in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens. At 200 feet, six inches tall, it is the second largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer. The monument is adorned with countless figurative statues, including Scott and his dog.
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A succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town comprise The Royal Mile. From the castle gates at one end to the palace gates at the other, it is almost exactly a mile long. It is made up of Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, the Canongate, and Abbey Strand.
Established in 2004, the Scottish Parliament Building is the heart of Scottish politics.
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The principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Built in the 12th century, it was named after St. Giles, the patron saint of Edinburgh.
One of Edinburgh’s oldest surviving buildings, Greyfriar’s Church was established by the Franciscan order of Greyfriars in 1620. The churchyard was at one time used as a prison and is also the site where Greyfriars Bobby guarded his owners grave until death.
At the corner where Edinburgh’s Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge meet, a statue of Bobby the Skye Terrier sits. Bobby was renowned for having guarded his owners grave for over 14 years, until Bobby died himself. Loyal beyond the grave.
Dominating Edinburgh’s skyline from it’s perch upon the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the iconic sight of Edinburgh. In it’s history of over a thousand years, it has been sieged an astonishing twenty-six times, leading to it being dubbed “one of the most attacked placed in the world”.
St. Cuthbert’s Grave
The site surrounding St. Cuthbert’s Church has been a place of Christian burial for over a thousand years, although today, the oldest surviving headstone is that of Reverend Robert Pont, who died in 1606. It has seen it’s fair share of grave robbery too over the years!
One of The Strays of York, Knavesmire is a marshy area in York. It was the usual site for public hangings for a long time, the gallows were originally erected back in 1379. Today it is a recreational area and the host of many of York’s public events.
Terry’s Chocolate Factory
Also known as The Chocolate Works, Terry’s Chocolate Factory was opened in 1926 to produce Terry’s chocolate. It was closed in 2005 when Kraft Foods acquired Terry’s and outsourced production to mainland Europe.
Dick Turpin’s Grave
This notorious highwayman, horse thief, poacher, burglar and killer was executed in Knavesmire, York in 1739 for his many deeds. Turpin ascended to the status of ‘hero’ and ‘legend’, romanticised by subsequent dramatic interpretations of his life. He now lies under York.
The ruins of York Castle, known as Clifford’s Tower overlook York. Built on the orders of William I, the tower served as a fort until a major explosion in 1684 rendered it uninhabitable. It was then used as a prison until 1929.
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They claim to be the most haunted public house in York! The Golden Fleece is an inn and public house that dates back to the sixteenth century, facing on to The Shambles.
Originally home to over twenty five butcher’s shops, The (Great Flesh) Shambles name originates from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Fleshammels’ which means ‘meat shelves’, referring to not only the butcher’s hooks, but also the shelf-like structure of the buildings themselves. Some of The Shambles buildings date back to as far as the fourteenth century.
Black Swan Pub
This fifteenth century public house and inn is a hotbed of ghostly history. A haunt truly unlike another!
The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter, better known as York Minster, is one of the largest cathedrals in northern Europe. The Minister is the seat of the Archbishop of York and the second highest office of the Church of England.
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Erected in 1888, on the remains of a medieval church of St. Crux, which was shut down and eventually demolished after becoming unsafe, it’s tower leaning dangerously. The remaining parish is now home to the exuberant ornaments retained from the original church.
This four-storey gatehouse sits at the limits of the walls surrounding York city. It was originally a fort capable of being defended on every floor.
These ruins in the York Museum Gardens were once the richest abbey in the north of England. The original church was founded in 1055 and dedicated to St Olaf II of Norway. All that remains today are the north and west walls, the pilgrim’s Hospitium, the west gate, and the King’s Manor.
Opposing Edinburgh Castle at the other end of the Royal Mile. It has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. A witches ghost is said to haunt the palace.
Tower Bridge is a famed suspension bridge linking Tower Hamlets and Southwark across the River Thames. Originally built between 1886 and 1894, the bridge is an iconic symbol of London itself.
The most popular paid tourist attraction in the entire United Kingdom. Erected in 2000, it was originally known as the Millennium Wheel or the Millennium Eye. At the time it was the largest ferris wheel in the world, it is now only the largest ferris wheel in Europe.
The tallest building in the United Kingdom and the European Union. It was completed in July of 2012 and is the residence of many restaurants, bars and even a hotel.
Tower of London
“What hasn’t taken place here?” might be a better question. The Tower of London has variably served as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. It was originally built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, following the Norman conquest of England. It was originally resented and held as a symbol of oppression.
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Situated at the highest point in London, Ludgate Hill, St’ Paul’s Cathedral is the second largest church in the UK and one of London’s most recognisable sights. It was originally constructed in 1697 by Sir Christopher Wren as part of the rebuilding project following the Great Fire of London. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle.
Built by Sir George Downing in 1680, Downing Street is the heart of British politics. The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer both reside on the street. The street is understandably inaccessible to the public, but can be viewed from Whitehall.
Our royal family’s primary residence. Originally erected as a large townhouse for the use of the Duke of Buckingham, the townhouse was acquired in 1761 by King George III and quickly transformed into a palace fit for a king.
A titan feat of Gothic architecture, built in 960, with many additions over the years. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of British monarchs have taken place right here.
The home of political demonstrations, contemporary art and of course Nelson’s Column. Trafalgar Square was named as such to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. The site was once known as Charing Cross and was the original site of the King’s Mews.
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Edinburgh's dark side included body snatching, public executions, gruesome jails and tortures. Come to the FREE Ghost Tour and hear ghostly tales and sinister stories that will transport you back to the terrifying past of old Edinburgh as we walk spooky shadows and haunted alleyways.
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"An engaging story-teller with plenty of tales of the macabre from this wonderful city. You will learn about the history of the city as well as its darker side. The tour concluded in the cemetery at Greyfriars Kirkyard. An atmospheric and chilling way to end the evening."
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"What a brilliant night it was, my wife jumped out of her skin when something creepy touched on the arm in Greyfriars cemetery near the covenanters prison. Full recommend this tour."
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Edinburgh is known as one of the most haunted cities in Europe, with a past of murders, witchcraft and plague. Its wynds and closes have witnessed the two sides of the city: beauty and horror .
Edinburgh's dark side also included body snatching, public executions, gruesome jails and tortures .
Come to the FREE 1.5 hour Ghost Tour and hear ghostly tales and sinister stories that will transport you back to the terrifying past of old Edinburgh as we walk spooky shadows and haunted alleyways.
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Edinburgh Vaults are the most extensive underground caverns in the city and offer the most popular ghost tours.
Known by many names such as South Bridge Vaults, Blair Street Vaults, Edinburgh Underground Vaults, etc., this city under city offers a fascinating peep into the poor man’s life in 18th century Edinburgh.
Many believe Edinburgh Vaults to be a hotbed of paranormal activity.
In this article, we share everything you must know before booking your tour of the Edinburgh Vaults.
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Edinburgh Vaults are open all through the week.
Only Mercat Tours has exclusive rights to allow visitors inside Edinburgh Vaults for exploration, and their first tour starts at 10 am, and the last tour of the day starts rolling at 9.30 pm.
When are Edinburgh Vaults closed
Edinburgh Vaults are open all through the year, except for three days during Christmas.
On Christmas Eve (24 Dec), Christmas Day (25 Dec), and Boxing Day (26 Dec), the staff and tour guides at Mercat Tours take a break.
On New Year’s Eve, the Blair Street Underground Vaults tours finish early – by 5 pm.
Mercat tours office timings
Mercat Tours office is open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.
But if you book your Edinburgh Vaults tickets online, you don’t need to visit their office.
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Edinburgh Vaults tours
Edinburgh Underground Vaults tours do not have any manufactured frights or jump scares.
Instead, during these tours, visitors are taken to the perfect ‘atmosphere’ (vaults and graveyards) where the costumed guide narrates historical facts with the refined art of storytelling.
For health and safety reasons, children under five years aren’t allowed in any Edinburgh Vaults ghost tours.
Since these are walking tours, it is better to wear appropriate footwear. And because you will be both outdoors and indoors, you must dress up according to the weather.
Unless you have booked a private tour of Edinburgh Underground Vaults, you will be exploring as a group, and that’s why it is crucial to reach Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile 15 minutes before the start of your tour.
Arriving early gives you enough time to check in with Mercat Tour’s representative at the meeting point.
The cheapest (and the most popular) Edinburgh Vaults experience costs 14 Pounds for all adults aged 16 to 59 years.
Seniors aged 60+ years and students with valid ID cards pay the entrance fee of 12 Pounds.
Kids five to 15 years old only pay 9 Pounds for their Edinburgh South Bridge Vaults experience.
The most significant Edinburgh Underground tour discount is reserved for kids five to 15 years – on the adult ticket priced at 14 Pounds, they get a 36% discount and thus pay only 9 Pounds.
The seniors who are 60+ years and students who can display their valid student ID card get a 2 Pound discount on the regular ticket price.
There are four kinds of Edinburgh Underground Vaults tours you can opt for, and we explain all of them below –
Ghostly Underground Tour is the most popular daytime walking tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults.
You meet your Mercat Tours guide at Mercat Cross and get a walking tour of the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Then you get down into the depths of the city – the underground Edinburgh Vaults – and hear horror stories of torture, murder, hangings, body snatchers, etc.
Starting Point: Mercat Cross Tour ends at: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter’s Square Tour starting time: 3 pm, 5 pm Duration: 75 minutes Cancellation: 24 hours before tour date for a full refund
Adult ticket (16 to 59 years): 14 Pounds Senior ticket (60+ years): 12 Pounds Student ticket (with valid ID): 12 Pounds Child ticket (5 to 15 years): 9 Pounds
The tour where you explore the Edinburgh Vaults and Canongate Graveyard is called the Doomed, Dead, and Buried tour .
There are three parts to this tour.
After meeting your guide at Mercat Cross, you indulge in a walking tour of Edinburgh’s darker closes and wynds before journeying into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults.
Once the ghosts below the surface get handled, the group walks the dark streets of Canongate Graveyard.
Even as you see the graves of famous Scots, you also get to hear many tales of dastardly deeds and ghostly sightings.
Starting Point: Mercat Cross Tour ends at: Canongate Graveyard Tour starting time: 7.30 pm Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes Cancellation: 24 hours before tour date for a full refund
Adult ticket (16 to 59 years): 18 Pounds Senior ticket (60+ years): 16 Pounds Student ticket (with valid ID): 16 Pounds
If you want to combine your Edinburgh Vaults visit with Greyfriars Kirkyard graveyard instead, check out this tour .
This customized vaults tour where you also get to sip on some of the finest Whisky has two names – Edinburgh underground tour and the Evening of Ghosts and Ghouls .
The tour starts with a leisurely walk along Edinburgh Old Town’s cobbled streets, even as the guide warms you up for what’s to come.
You then step into Blair Street’s Underground Vaults for your share of Edinburgh’s ghost experience.
The tour ends in a candlelit cellar with a Scottish whiskey in your hand and many scary stories.
If you don’t prefer a whiskey, there is always a glass of lager or soft drink.
Starting Point: Mercat Cross Tour ends at: Megget’s Cellar, Blair Street, off Hunter’s Square Tour starting time: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm Duration: 2 hours Cancellation: 24 hours before tour date for a full refund
Adult ticket (16 to 59 years): 19 Pounds Senior ticket (60+ years): 17 Pounds Student ticket (with valid ID): 17 Pounds Child ticket (5 to 15 years): 12 Pounds
The night tours are also known as the Mercat’s Hidden and haunted tours .
This Edinburgh Vaults ghost tour is so chilling that only visitors 18 years and above can join in.
Stories of sinister misdeeds and terrible consequences start above the ground even as you explore the Old Town.
But soon enough, you are in the Edinburgh South Bridge Vaults and hear of bloody plots that led to treason, torture, horrific deaths, and tormented souls.
Starting Point: Mercat Cross Tour ends at: Blair Street Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter’s Square Tour starting time: 9.30 pm Duration: 1 hour Cancellation: 24 hours before tour date for a full refund
Adult ticket (18 to 59 years): 15 Pounds Senior ticket (60+ years): 13 Pounds
If you prefer an Edinburgh Ghost tour that starts even later, check out this Extreme Paranormal Underground tour that begins at 10.15 pm
There are many ways to get to Edinburgh Vaults, and we explain everything in detail below.
Where are the Edinburgh Vaults
Since Edinburgh Vaults are under Blair Street, they are also known as the Blair Street Vaults.
And since these Vaults are also part of South Bridge, they also get referred to as South Bridge vaults.
Edinburgh Vaults’ entrance is through the Mercat Tours office at 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR, Scotland. Get Directions
Mercat Tours has exclusive access to the Edinburgh Underground Vaults.
Tours start from Mercat Cross
All Edinburgh Underground tours start with a quick walking tour through the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
That’s why all tours start from Mercat Cross , which is .3 km (.2 miles) from the Mercat Tours office.
If you book your tickets online, much in advance, you can head straight to Mercat Cross and meet the guides.
You can also buy last-minute Edinburgh Ghost tour tickets at Mercat Cross, but we won’t recommend it because these tours sell out much in advance.
Mercat Tours’ staff are available at Mercat Cross from 10 am to 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm to 6.15 pm, and 6.45 pm to 10.15 pm to welcome the guests.
Edinburgh Waverly is the closest railway station to Mercat Cross.
Once you get down from the train, walk the .3 Kms (.2 Miles) to Mercat Cross or take a taxi from outside the station on Market Street and Waverly Bridge.
Many buses can take you to Mercat Cross.
Board bus numbers 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 45, 47, or 49 and get down at North Bridge.
There are many bus stops on North Bridge, but the good part is that all of them are approximately 5 minutes walk from Mercat Cross.
You can also get onto bus numbers 23, 27, 41, or 42 and get down at George IV Bridge .
George IV Bridge is also five minutes walk from Mercat Cross.
For more on bus routes and timings, check out Lothian Buses .
The tram stop closest to Mercat Cross is St Andrew’s Square .
This tram stop is also where people get down to go to the Waverly Station.
Car parking options are limited in Edinburgh Old Town.
There is ‘Pay and Park’ on-street car parking on Blair Street, Cowgate, Blackfriars, and Chambers Street.
A ticket machine is available just five meters from Mercat Tours.
Blair Street is closest to the Mercat Tours office, but there are only about ten parking slots available, which can get used during peak times.
There are no assigned disabled parking slots on Blair Street. However, Blue Badge holders can park in the available spaces without a time limit or charge.
Vehicle access to Mercat Cross is via George IV Bridge. There is no vehicular access from North Bridge.
That’s why if you prefer a car, it is best to use Uber , Central Taxis , or City Cabs .
Mercat Tours to the Edinburgh Vaults are highly-rated on Tripadvisor .
We share two of Edinburgh Vaults Tripadvisor reviews, which give you an idea of what to expect.
Most Interesting Tour
I have to admit that I was not interested, but my wife was all for it, so off we went. How wrong my original thoughts were. It is A FASCINATING AND INTERESTING TOUR with loads of history stories of doom and gloom and how the people lived and endured squalor in those ancient times. Take this tour. It is fantastic and made even better by the most interesting and knowledgeable guide Nicky. Well worth it. – Nick , Penarth, UK
Doomed, Dead & Buried
We had a fabulous guide called Helena. She gave a lot of information and made it fun. The Vaults were cool and the Graveyard too. You felt all included, and it was interactive but not too much. I would highly recommend it, make sure you are prepared to walk a little, not massively far but still walking. – Anna P , Sheen, UK
To understand the Edinburgh Vaults or South Bridge Vaults, we must first understand the history of the city.
Impact of Flodden Wall on the city
The English kept on invading the Scots at regular intervals, the biggest battle between the two was called the battle of Flodden in 1513.
After this battle, the city of Edinburgh decided to build the Flodden Wall.
Key to the map above:
A: Edinburgh Castle B: Flodden Tower C: Greyfriars Kirkyard D: Netherbow Port E: Waverley station
Orange line: King’s Wall (1450-1475) Red line: Flodden Wall (1514-1560) Purple line: Telfer Wall (1620) Blue overlap: Approximate spread of the former Nor Loch
With the Nor Loch swamp forming one line of defense, the Edinburgh Castle forming the next, the city decided to build a wall (the red line in the map above) to protect them from surprise attacks.
While the Flodden Wall and the region’s natural geography helped protect the city from English attacks, they didn’t allow the city to expand with time.
As a result, the residents started living on top of one another.
In a way, the birth of modern skyscrapers can be attributed to Edinburgh.
Edinburgh’s lay out
The city of Edinburgh is built amongst seven major hills, out of which only two are visible today – the Castle Hill ( Edinburgh Castle is on this hill) and the Calton Hill.
The other five hills of this fortified city are now masked by five bridges, which even out the metropolitan (well, almost) and cover up the valleys.
Under these bridges built around the Old Town, over centuries, lie eight of Edinburgh’s hidden tunnels and vaults.
- South Bridge Vaults
- Mary King’s Close
- Gilmerton Cove
- Waverley Vaults
- Scotland Street Tunnel
- The Crawley Tunnel
- Innocent Railway Tunnel
Of these eight, South Bridge Vaults and Mary King’s Close are most popular from a tourism perspective.
South Bridge got built to cover the Cowgate gorge and link the Old Town’s High Street with the University buildings in the South of Edinburgh.
The Bridge got proposed in 1775, but work didn’t start till 1785.
Three Closes – Marlin’s Wynd, Peebles Wynd, and Niddry’s Wynd – were demolished in the city’s Cowgate area to make way for the Bridge.
Back in the days, these Closes were the poorest neighborhoods of the city.
Once the construction began in August 1785, it was quick, and the Bridge was ready for the public in 1788.
The South Bridge consists of 19 arches spanning around 305 meters (1000 feet), out of which only one arch was visible – the Cowgate arch.
At its highest point, the Bridge stands 9.5 meters (31 feet) above the ground, and in some places, the foundations are up to 6.7 meters (22 feet) into the ground.
One of the elderly residents of the city was to inaugurate the South Bridge when its construction was finally over in 1788.
She was the wife of a well-known and respected Judge, so everyone was excited.
But as fate would have it, a few days before the grand opening, the lady passed away.
Edinburgh’s superstitious people saw this as a bad sign, but they didn’t know that it would worsen.
The city authorities decided to continue with the plan – and instead of the elderly lady walking across the Bridge, her coffin ‘crossed’ the South Bridge.
Most of the city people believed the South Bridge was cursed and refused to use it for many years.
With time, Edinburgh’s South Bridge started to see traffic, and now merchants wanted to build shops along the top of the Bridge to capitalize on the crowd.
To accommodate these shop fronts, they built tenement houses on both sides of 18 of the 19 arches of the South Bridge.
To create more space for rent or personal use, they also used up the hollow in the Bridge’s arches, constructing dark, airless, vaulted chambers.
Initially, these underground vaults got used for workshops, storage, warehousing, etc. but with time, the poverty-stricken moved in.
There is enough proof that these vaults got used for criminal activities such as gambling, illegal whiskey distilling as well.
Even serial killers Burke and Hare got linked to South Bridge Vaults, but there is no proof that they used the vaults to store the bodies of people they killed.
Within just 30 years of being inaugurated, the South Bridge Underground Vaults became unusable.
The lack of light, ventilation, heat, plumbing, sanitation, and seepage of water made it an unlivable space even for the poorest of the poor.
By 1820 the City of Edinburgh had decided that nobody should live in these underground spaces and closed it.
However, South Bridge is still in use – 230 years after it got inaugurated.
The Edinburgh Vaults got rediscovered more than 150 years after they had been closed by the city council.
In the 1980s, former Scottish rugby internationalist Norrie Rowan found a tunnel leading to the vaults.
Soon enough, Des Brogan, a history teacher, joined hands with three other history teachers and started offering ghost tours.
The first tour of South Bridge’s Edinburgh Vaults took place on 1 July 1985.
Des Brogan would go on to found Mercat Tours , the company which today holds the exclusive rights to organize Edinburgh Vaults tours.
Sources # Visitscotland.com # Mercattours.com # Wikipedia.org # Historic-uk.com The travel specialists at TheBetterVacation.com use only high-quality sources while researching & writing their articles. We make every attempt to keep our content current, reliable and trustworthy .
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City of the dead tours and Auld reekie tours also have their section of vaults that are different to Blair Street.
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