Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

Popular Tours

The Terror Tour

Visit our medieval torture exhibition to see instruments from the Nuremberg and Bamberg Castles in Germany. With grim devices dating back to the late 1500s and early 1600s. Similar to those used in Auld Reekie’s gory history.

Strictly over 18s only

9:00 PM* 10:00 PM

Daily from Friday 22nd March


£24 per person, £70 for 4 people


75 minutes

The Terror Tour

The Vaults & Graveyard Tour

A 16th century graveyard and haunted 17th century vaults await you on this guided walking tour.

Not suitable for under 12s

5:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:30PM 8:00PM

£24 per person, £70 for 4 people


90 minutes

The Vaults & Graveyard Tour