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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$36

1 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$79

2 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.1 / 5 9 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 5 nights save 25%

With tasteful units strategically set a stone's throw away from major attractions, The Inn Place makes for a suitable starting point for exploring the heritage-rich Scotland capital. This Edinburgh... More

Would book again
Great hotel for the price. It fully met our expectations. The free internet worked really well, the bed was clean and very confortable. The room offered teas. The tea cups was not cleaned properly,...
7 Jan 2016
From US$72

3 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

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The Grassmarket Hotel is excellently situated for those wishing to enjoy a city break. The Grassmarket area of the city, named after an ancient market place, is as bustling as ever with its pubs,... More

Perfect weekend away
I went to Edinburgh for the first time with my partner and could only afford grass market hotel for good location and reputation. And if was even better than expected, everybody was so friendly,...
23 Dec 2015
From US$60

4 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 13 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

Great view from the room. Big Room. Friendly staff.
The view from my room was great. Breakfast was rich and the staff was very helpful in anyway. Staff at reception and housekeeping was very professional and kind. The room was big and warm. In the...
29 Dec 2015
From US$72

5 Stay Central Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews

139 Cowgate Map

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Stay Central Hotel is situated in an area known as Cowgate in the busy centre of this vibrant capital city. The National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Hall are in the close... More

Perfect rooms with untraditional decor
Fancy rooms for both business and pleasure visits including a very warm welcome at arrival.
5 May 2015
From US$114

6 Apex Grassmarket Hotel -formerly Apex International Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, Apex Grassmarket Hotel- formerly Apex International Hotel makes for an ideal base for travellers in Edinburgh. The Camera... More

Not bad...not bad at all
The location of the hotel was great within walking diatance to the castle, royal mile and Hollyrood House. Reception staff very helpfull and polite. Only negative for me was the pillows were very...
15 Oct 2015
From US$77

7 Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

217 High Street Map

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Whether in Edinburgh for business or for leisure, discerning travellers find an ideal base in the top-notch facilities, elegant spaces and quality services of Stay Edinburgh City Serviced... More

Awesome trip
The hotel was located right on the Royal Mile and it was conveniently near all the tourist attractions. However,the hotel is located above several pubs so the noise level at night might be a...
23 Dec 2015
From US$108

8 Fraser Suites Edinburgh

4 stars
4.8 / 5 11 reviews

12-26 St Giles Street Map

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Fraser Suites Edinburgh invites chic business and holiday travellers to elegant urban retreat that features classy and stylish accommodations set right in the heart of Edinburgh. While in the... More

From US$97

9 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 26 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

First visit but not the last
For our first trip to Edinburgh we wanted a hotel that was in easy walking distance of as many of the attractions as possible but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a 24 hour city to...
11 Oct 2015
From US$72

10 Ballantrae Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

8-12 York Place Map

FREE WiFi included

Whether in Edinburgh for a business trip or a much-awaited vacation, travellers find an ideal base in the centrally located, well-equipped and inviting accommodations of Ballantrae Hotel Edinburgh.... More

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY
The hotel was good, clean which it's so important to us, and the all the staff couldn't do enough for you. Staff was great!!1
14 Feb 2015
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