Niddry Street Vaults
'Auld Reekie' - is the Victorian nick name for the city of Edinburgh. It translates as 'old smokey' or 'old smelly' and was used by locals and those who travelled to Edinburgh to describe the city.
Back in the industrial revolution Edinburgh was clogged with smoke and fumes from the steam engines rolling in and out of Waverley Station. The air would have been heavy with smog and clung to local buildings causing them to discolour. Towards the end of the industrial revolution the overall appearance of grand Edinburgh would have been slighted by pollution.
The fermenting slums of the old town also left a mark on the landscape and whispers of body snatchers raiding the graves of the recently deceased filled the lantern lit air. Our guides will take you on a journey through these exact streets and slums where you will hear all about life in old Edinburgh. For these reasons we believe that the name Auld Reekie's best suits our tours and their content.
With tales of witches' persecution, body snatching and local superstition. Edinburgh vaults has to be one of the most dark, evil, haunted locations we have ever visited. Come with us as we delve into the vaults underground. Will you brave the stone circle which many years ago was given a curse? Visit the torchure museum where many experiences have been reported.
The vaults are located within the South Bridge, built in the mid 1700's. Once opened, these vaults soon fell into disuse due to damp and poor conditions. The wealthy merchants who once used them for storage soon moved out and the poor and disadvantaged moved in, making use of the cheap rent. They were not alone. Soon the conditions deteriorated and the place became a hive of criminal activity. People succumbed to the harsh conditions, disease and worse!