The Edinburgh Vaults or South Bridge Vaults are a series of chambers formed in the nineteen arches of the South Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, was part of the South Bridge Act 1785 and was completed in 1788. For around 30 years, the vaults were used to house taverns, workshops for cobblers and other tradesmen, as well as storage space for said merchants. In later years, the vaults were a hotspot for the homeless and for criminal activity such as illegal gambling taverns, illegal whisky distillery and, according to rumour, bodysnatchers stored corpses there overnight. There is however no proof that the serial killers Burke and Hare ever used the vaults.
As the conditions in the vaults deteriorated, mainly because of damp and poor air quality, the businesses left in the 1820s and the very poorest of Edinburgh's citizens moved in, though by around 1860, even they are believed to have left too. That people had lived there was only discovered in 1985 during an excavation, when middens were found containing toys, medicine bottles, plates, and other signs of human habitation.
Michael Shemeld | May 29, 2018
Really fun experience. Costs about £12 for a tou so reasonably priced for the experience. Our tour guide was Ewan. He made the experience fantastic, I think without him being our guide it may have been a bit of a stale affair. Tours run a few times a day and into the evening. Ewan was great at both keeping us at ease and keeping us on the edge of our seats so to speak. A very interesting piece of Edinburgh's history so I recommend you check it out.
Ryan Brown | Apr 13, 2018
Great tour!!!! Took the stone circle for granted, wish my wife and I hadn't. 3 days after the tour we returned home and I broke my foot, and my wife has been in ICU with unknown symptoms since we've returned. Definitely changed my mind about my beliefs.
Bald Mountain | Feb 19, 2018
Fantastic experience! Grant our guide was an informative, funny, theatrical delight. Highly recommend this!
Nina Schwarz | May 29, 2018
Don’t go on the tour, really boring. Waste of money
Kristian Hodén | Apr 25, 2018
Our guide wasn't the best but the place is cool
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