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Blair Street Vaults Historic Underground Tour

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.

• Tours are reserved and confirmed immediately by email.

Edinburgh Historic Underground Walking Tour

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Mercat 5 Star Edinburgh Walking Tour

Edinburgh Blair Street Vault Tours are available all year round.

Tour Times:

Apr-Oct: 14:00 & 16:00, daily.

Nov-Mar: 14:00 (Sat & Sun) & 16:00 (daily).


1 Hour 15 Minutes.

Meeting Points:

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street.

Finish: Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square.

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Why Try The Edinburgh Historic Underground Walking Tour?

• Professional and passionate guides. | • Informative and narrative storytelling. | • Exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults. | • Interactive Discovery Room.

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.

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How Do I Start My Tour?

Please print out the voucher you receive from this site and meet at the Mercat Cross 15 minutes before the start of the tour. The Mercat Cross is located at the centre of Parliament Square, next to St Giles Cathedral. You will be greeted by a Mercat Tours representative beside the branded Mercat advertising boards.

Ticket Categories:

Child tickets aged 5-15 years. Concession tickets include students and seniors. Family tickets include 2 adults and 2 children.

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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