Do I have to book to go on a tour?
Due to covid-19 pre-booking is mandatory. Please book online where possible. Experience vouchers or Edinburgh Pass users can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Where do the tours start from?
We ask guests to arrive here five minutes before the tour is due to depart. Our tours depart from: Tourist Information and Edinburgh Dungeons Police Box, Outside of the Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH. This is across the road from Deacon Brodies Tavern. (What3Words ///busy.sketch.views)
This address may be subject to minor change. *Please note, that guides will never ask for payment on the street. Payments are always online or at our office.
Are the tours suitable for children?
Some tours we do allow children to attend, although we do warn guests that the vaults are dark and can be scary for younger children. If you are unsure feel free to call us and ask further questions. All children aged up to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Is photography permitted on tours?
Yes. We do allow guests to take pictures on the tours, however if anyone on the tour has sensitivity to flash photography we will ask customers to switch their camera lights off at the beginning of the tour.
Are the tours suitable for people with disabilities?
Due to the historic nature of the site we do not have lifts or ramps available at our location. To enter the vaults guests must be able to climb a 2 foot tall step followed by a winding staircase.
Are the vaults wet and cold?
Our vaults have stayed in their original state since the 1700s, therefore they can be damp at times. The temperature inside the vaults is surprisingly warm. We recommend sensible footwear.
Is my dog allowed in the vaults?
No, animals are not allowed on our tours except for assistance animals such as guide dogs.
Can I drink on the tour?
Consuming alcohol or drugs on the tour is strictly forbidden. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
Is there parking available?
No. We do not have dedicated parking available.
Strictly over 18s only
* Fridays & Saturdays only + 30th, 31st Oct
£22 per person, £60 for 4 people
Not suitable for under 12s
*please go to booking to see availability
£20 per person, £60 for 4 people
“Great tour with some (a little creepy ????) facts and figures about the Royal Mile and the South bridge vaults. Great atmosphere with a fun and knowledgeable guide.”
“Very awesome experience if you like dark history. The tour makes you see some easy to overlook landmarks/monuments, that have macabre stories behind them.
Entering the vaults gives you a little taste of how the less fortunate people used to “live”, if you can even call it that.”
“We did the underground vaults tour and we thought it was amazing. Was great to walk down the Royal Mile and learn some gruesome facts about the way these people used to live. Seeing the torture devices was also extremely interesting. I definitely recommend this tour!”
“The vaults tour is worth it, the guide was super entertaining and the whole experience was creepy, insightful and fascinating. Must go!”
“My friends and I went on this tour, and it was absolutely amazing!! Our tour guide was so captivating with her knowledge on the spooky history of Edinburgh, and I loved hearing about everything she had to say. There was even a couple ghost stories that gave me the shivers, but it was nothing excessively scary.”