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Underground City

The Underground City in Edinburgh has received a dark reputation over the years and many visitors flock to the area to hear ghost stories, legends, and other tales about the history of the area. The “city” is actually made up of tunnels that were created by the construction of the South Bridge in the late 1700s. Originally the home of tradesmen, the tunnels fell into disrepair over time and were later shut down. During an extensive excavation in 1994, the Underground City was reopened and tourists often attend walking tours and events in this sprawling space under the town.

  • Book an after dark walking tour inside the Underground City in Edinburgh, where you’ll hear about the unsavoury past of the tunnels such as the criminals who hid underground in the abandoned city.
  • Attend a costumed tour through the tunnels of the Underground City to learn about the city’s rich history, including the trial of Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is held in the vaults each summer, to hear live music performed in the subterranean tunnels.

Arriving in Edinburgh by air is quite simple. Most visitors fly into Edinburgh International Airport, which is located just outside the city centre, and then take the Airlink Express to the downtown section. The public Lothian Bus system also travels from the airport to the city at regular times each day. Those who arrive by rail can take the train directly to Waverley Station and then walk a few minutes to the Underground City. Reaching the Underground City is also easy by car. Tourists can park just outside the vaults on Blair Street.

Hotels in Underground City

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From US$112

1 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

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Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

Great location
It just a short walk from A100 airlink bus dropped off however the road was steep uphill (careful for big luggage). It in the middle of Royal mile. During our stay the escalator (only one they...
25 Aug 2015
From US$156

2 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 50 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh enjoys a prestigious location at the east end of Princes Street, just minutes from both transport links and city amenities. The recently opened luxury... More

very nice
the hotel was very clean staff all very helpful location was brilliant . On the mines their was no view just the air con. It was not a big problem as we where just sleeping their. Yes it is a...
23 Aug 2015
From US$44

3 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

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Haggis Hostel is a strategic base for travellers and backpackers in the heritage-rich Scotland capital looking for centrally located and cosy spaces without the hefty price tag. Set close to... More

From US$117

4 Ballantrae Albany Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 12 reviews

37 - 49 Albany Street Map

FREE WiFi included

Ballantrae Albany Hotel Edinburgh is a classic retreat equipped with modern comforts set centrally in this heritage-rich and vibrant Scotland capital. Ideal for a short visit or long-term stay,... More

Great hotel
Me and my partner loved hotel, good location and great sized room, will definately book hotel again
7 Jan 2015
From US$145

5 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

From US$137

6 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

43 Jeffrey Street Map

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Positioned just off the famous Royal Mile and providing comfortable and high quality accommodations, Jurys Inn Edinburgh makes for an ideal place for travellers in a vibrant vacation in this part... More

Enjoyable family trip
We were in Edinburgh for the International Festival. It was amazing atmosphere. So vibrant! The hotel is in excellent location, within walking distance of the city and the railway station. The...
25 Aug 2015
From US$143

7 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Excellent location in Edinburgh
Nice hotel with friendly personell, centrally placed in the old town of Edinburgh. Excellent full scottish breakfast
4 Mar 2015
From US$66

8 Edinburgh First

3 stars
3.9 / 5 10 reviews

18 Holyrood Park Road Map

Hotel Edinburgh First provides budget-friendly bed and breakfast accommodations suitable for leisure travelers or corporate visitors visiting the Scottish capital. From this Edinburgh property,... More

great place to stay on a budget
Good value accommodation. Nice breakfast. A bit far from the city but still within easy reach by bus or taxi.
24 Aug 2015
From US$210

9 The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 32 reviews

20 North Bridge Map

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The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh is an ideal base for exploring the city's cultural, historical and renowned shopping facilities. Places of interest including the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland,... More

weekend break
Very friendly staff. Good location for train station. Clean tidy room.
1 May 2015
From US$126

10 Royal British Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 33 reviews

20 Princess Street Map

New look Interior for 2014

Occupying a prime position on one of the city's most famous streets - Princes Street - the majestic Royal British Hotel Edinburgh is perfectly situated for exploring Scotland's vibrant capital.... More

The perfect stay
The staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful and the location is perfect. It's the second time I was there and I hope to return again this summer
3 Jan 2015
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