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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$73

1 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

Stay 3 nights and Save 10%

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

Fancy hotel to stay in Edinburgh
Staff are friendly and helpful, facilities in the room are cute and clean. Excellent location, just at the end of the marvelous Victoria Street!
25 Nov 2014
From US$74

2 Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

217 High Street Map

Stay 10 and SAVE

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

Excellent value n perfect location
We've a 2-bedroom apartment, newly renovated with full amenities. Unfortunately washing machine was out of order. The king sized bed was comfortable but the bunk bed squeaked. Many TV channels n...
22 Mar 2015
From US$149

3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

4 stars
4.4 / 5 11 reviews

80 High Street, The Royal Mile Map

Boasting luxurious accommodation and cordial hospitality, the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh is an excellent venue for leisure and business travellers. GeneralWith conference and banquet rooms that... More

Fab trip with friends!
Perfect location for everything. Very funny, very charming concierge in kilt, checked us in and we got upgraded. This impressed and amused our American friend to no end. All staff were very...
24 Sep 2015
From US$104

4 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 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

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$109

5 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 52 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

Excellent Choice
Apex Waterloo provided a central location for 5 days of sight-seeing in Edinburgh from High Street to the Village nightlife. It's very near the train station, minivan tour pick up sites and within...
4 Nov 2015
From US$83

6 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.3 / 5 7 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

Splendid girls shopping
Absolutly a hotel to recomend................................................................................................
16 Nov 2015
From US$104

7 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 26 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

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$62

8 The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 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

Room was smaller than expected but clean. Was extremely hot and when we opened ceiling window water leaked all over bed. Was a little noisy but other than that we had a good stay. In good area,...
6 Aug 2015
From US$129

9 Fraser Suites Edinburgh

4 stars
4.8 / 5 11 reviews

12-26 St Giles Street Map

Stay 3 nights and save 15%

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$29

10 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

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