Edinburgh Vaults
  • Edinburgh Vaults

  • Event Date : Sunday, 20 October 2013
  • Start Time  : 12am
  • End Time    : 6am
  • Address      : Edinburgh

About this location

The world famous or should we say infamous Edinburgh Vaults were completed in 1788. They consist of a series of chambers formed in the nineteen arches of the South Bridge.

For around 30 years, the vaults were used to house taverns and other tradesmen such as cobblers, and are famous for reportedly housing the bodies of the victims killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for medical experiments.

Mainly because of damp and poor air quality the vaults began to deteriorate and the businesses left which paved the way for the very poorest of Edinburgh's citizens to move in. The conditions became so bad they even left.

In 1795, with the vaults being gradually abandoned by the businesses, the empty rooms were adapted by new users. Pubs and brothels opened up within the abandoned complex and it fast became known as a red light district.

The new slums served some of the city's poorest living conditions as the rooms were damp dark and over crowed.

Because of the lack of natural light, poorly circulated air and no running water the conditions were appalling, contributed largely by the lack of sanitation.

In the vaults the crime was rife; including robbery and murder, soon plagued the Vaults.

Burke and Hare, the infamous serial killers who sold corpses to medical schools, are rumoured to have hunted for victims in the Edinburgh Vaults. At some-point in the 1800 and a much discussed point at that the vaults were sealed not to be uncovered until the 1980's by accident.

Stories of Kidd napping, devil worshiping and murder are some of the reasons why the historians say that the vaults were closed.....Some hopped for good.

With so much dark history there it comes with no surprise that hundreds of ghost stories have originated from these haunted vaults.

We have 6 hours to find out the truth.......Join us

Included on this event

  • Refreshments
  • Use of Equipment