Edinburgh Vaults

The Edinburgh Vaults or South Bridge Vaults are a series of chambers formed in the nineteen arches of the South Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was completed in 1788. For around 30 years, the vaults were used to house taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen, and as storage space for illicit material, reportedly including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for medical experiments.

As the conditions in the vaults deteriorated, mainly because of damp and poor air quality, the businesses left and the very poorest of Edinburgh’s citizens moved in, though by around 1820, even they are believed to have left too. That people had lived there was only discovered in 1985 during an excavation, when middens were found containing toys, medicine bottles, plates, and other signs of human habitation.

The frequent reports of paranormal activity and ghost sightings resulted in Living TV’s, Most Haunted, to investigate the vaults in both a 24 hour investigation and for a Most Haunted Live show on Halloween 2006 which included Haunted Scotland owner, Ryan O’Neill.

The television show Ghost Adventures investigated the vaults and claimed to have numerous encounters with spirits there.


Joe Swash, in a 2009 BBC TV production named “Joe Swash Believes in Ghosts” reportedly recorded unexplained voices in the vaults during an overnight sleepover. One voice was said to be that of a Catholic priest reciting the Last Rites.

Lots of different sightings have been witnessed by people, staff and other paranormal investigators. The most notable is ghost of a man with no face that gives off an evil presence. During three years of research down in the Vaults, Ryan reports that there are numerous anomalies ranging from cold spots recorded on the equipment, to other strange out-of-range data.

This was further emphasised by the plethora of reports from both Investigators u0026amp; members of the public whom accompanied Ryan.

Contrary to the hypothesis of some well known sceptics, the amount of data far surpassed the possibility of tricks of the mind or delusional thinking.

Due to the significance of the data, personal experience by Ryan and his former colleagues and the amount of media in our files, We have decided to open a special section for this location. Members of the public or other Investigative teams are welcome to use it as a resource or to report anything they have experienced in this particular location.

Mercat Tours are also welcome to use any of the data for further promotion of this fantastic location. Ryan is also available for further research if need be.

We hope you enjoy this extra section [see drop down box] and we will ensure to keep it as up to date as possible for Underground Edinburgh enthusiasts.

Ghosts: Edinburgh Vaults

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