Do I have to book to go on a tour?
Pre-booking is essential, Please book online where possible. Edinburgh Pass users can email us at email@example.com 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 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. Children under 2 years of age not allowed on tour.
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. Due to the walking pace and the terrain, the tour may not be suitable for those with any walking difficulties. Feel free to enquire for more information or to discuss any specific queries.
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.
Are there toilets or toilet stops available during the tours?
No, there are no toilets at our location, nor do we have toilet breaks scheduled in to the tours.
Strictly over 18s only
* Fridays & Saturdays only + 30th, 31st Oct
£24 per person, £70 for 4 people
“A really good time, got to learn some history of the city I didn’t know and while I didn’t have any spooky experiences it was still eerie in the vaults. Tour guide was charismatic and entertaining.”
“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.”
“Some great information on the history of Edinburgh and the locations toured. It was interesting to hear the spooky stories behind even the most unassuming of streets. The access to the vaults was also enjoyable. I would recommend going at night for extra fun.”
“We had a fantastic time on our tour. Our guide was knowledgable and very funny. The tour was very informative and something different to do. We certainly recommend.”
“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.”