Hear fascinating tales of Edinburgh's physical and cultural evolution as you descend into its famous underground vaults.

• Get access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

• Learn about Edinburgh's history from a Mercat Guide.

• See the Discovery Room - with 3D models and artefacts.

• E-tickets are sent straight to your mobile device.


About The Edinburgh Historic Underground Walking Tour:

An extensive subterranean world lies beneath Edinburgh's streets and they contain a wealth of stories just waiting to be discovered. Join one of Mercat's professional historians on a descent into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, an eerie yet fascinating complex of former slums, taverns, storehouses and small businesses dating back to the late 18th century.

You'll hear about why the vaults were created, who their tenants were, how they developed and what their ultimate fate was. The tour provides a fascinating insight into the physical and cultural evolution of Edinburgh as a whole, all of which is recanted with tactful storytelling.

schedule Tour Times:

  • 12:00: Daily, All Year Round.
  • 14:00: Daily, All Year Round.
  • 16:00: Daily, All Year Round.

hourglass_empty Duration:

  • 1 Hour 15 Minutes.

place Meeting Points:

  • Start: Mercat Cross, High Street.
  • Finish: Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square.

receipt Ticket Types:

  • Adult tickets aged 16-59 years.
  • Child tickets aged 5-15 years.
  • Senior tickets aged 60+ years.

error Important Information:

As the Blair Street Vaults History Tour is conducted on foot, sometimes outdoors, it is recommended that you bring appropriate clothing depending on the weather conditions.

Please note that children under the age of 5 are not permitted on any Mercat walking tour.

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Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

Once you've completed your purchase a ticket voucher will be sent immediately via email.

Present this to the Mercat Tours representative at Mercat Cross (Parliament Square, next to St Giles Cathedral). It may be printed or stored electronically on a mobile device. The representative will be standing next to Mercat Tours branded advertising boards. Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.


• This tour is not recommended for children aged 7 years or younger.


• Full refunds can be provided for cancellation requests notified at least 24 hours in advance of the activity start time.

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