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The edinburgh underground vault tour with guided history
Mercat Tours (Edinburgh)
Member Name: ruthosborne1
Mercat Tours (Edinburgh)
Advantages: Incredible beautiful and haunting experience
Disadvantages: Cold, dark, damp, long information
There are many tours located within edinburgh where people can go and see the underground vaults and learn the history behind them. The two main walks are auld reekie and mercat tours, and both are very different and excellent for different reasons, so firstly if you are intending on going on a guided tour then attend both as you will see different vaults in both and have different information.
The mercat tours are based by the main cross by st giles cathedral in edinburgh and run daily at various times throughout the day. Booking is advised however dont feel it completly necessery unless it is the height of summer when tours will be at their busiest. Simply go along to the meeting point, speak to the guide and they will list your name and you pay your fee.
The mercat tours will take you as a group of people and one guide on a walk around edinburgh city centre which lasts for approx. 30 minutes. This explains the history of the landmarks, the many closes and the initial understanding of the vaults and what they are.
The walk can seem a little long and in some areas a little boring to, but well advised to go as you get to see things you wouldnt if you were going around on your own and of course it is interesting to understand the history before you enter the vaults, wrap up warm however as walking around edinburgh is certainly not a cosy warm experience.
After the inital walk you are taken down to the vaults which are located in blair street, and upon entering be aware that these vaults are very dark, oppressive, damp and slippery in some areas. The areas are lit by emergency lighting and candlelight which is in fact incredible as it enhances the experience but wear suitable warm clothing and gripped shoes. I would also recommend taking a stick chair with you, a little odd, however the guide can go on for several minutes in each area and whilst standing there you can get quite cramped up so a stick chair to be seated whilst listening can make you more comfortable and more observant also.
The guide leads you into each vaulted area of blair street and explains the history behind each one, regarding the uses, the initial reasoning for the vaults and the torture and crime that went on. Please note the main walking daily tours are based upon the history of the vaults and if you wish to learn about the spiritual activity then make sure you book one of their paranormal or ghost walk tours, these are far more exciting and will explain alot more about the paranormal activity based within blair street vaults.
Overall an incredible experience and albiet the auld reekie tours are a little more inventive and theatrical they will take you into specific vaults and mercat lead you into other areas, which are incredibly dramatic just to view, the talking can go on a little but be prepared and definately book, as its an experience and viewing not to be missed.
Summary: A fabulous guided tour through edinburgh and the vaults, not to be missed
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