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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 near Underground City

135 hotels near Underground City

1 Apex City

4 stars
4.5 / 5 24 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

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

2 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

43 Jeffrey Street Map

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

3 The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 29 reviews

20 North Bridge Map

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

4 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.8 / 5 46 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

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

5 Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

5 stars
4.9 / 5 13 reviews

Princes Street Map

Housed in a former Victorian railway hotel, teeming with top-notch facilities and lavish furnishings, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel creates a luxurious haven for travellers exploring the... More

6 The Royal Scots Club

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

30 Abercromby Place Map

The Royal Scots Club Edinburgh Hotel combines the convenience of all the facilities and amenities offered by an elegant hotel with the comfort and cosiness of one's own home. GeneralThe conference... More

7 The Place

4 stars
4.1 / 5 8 reviews

34-38 York Place Map

Whether in Edinburgh for a business trip or a much-awaited break, discerning travellers find it convenient to stay in the comfortable and ideally located accommodations of The Place Edinburgh.... More

8 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 31 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

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

9 Fraser Suites Edinburgh

4 stars
4.8 / 5 11 reviews

12-26 St Giles Street Map

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

10 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 13 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

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