The Edinburgh Vaults are said to be filled with paranormal activity. Due to the history of the city and vaults it’s no surprise that many visitors of the south bridge vaults report ghostly happenings.
The vaults are a series of chambers that were 19 arches underneath the South Bridge in Edinburgh. The vaults were used to house taverns, Cobblers, Tradesmen and other shop owners. They lived down in the vaults and worked on their trade. But due to poor construction, rain came in constantly through the cracks also the waste, blood and other diseases came in as well, making it a hazard’s place to live. After the shops closed the homeless and other people who were a burden to society lived down there. There is some speculation if the victims of serial killers Burke and Hare are buried in the tunnels.
During the Irish Potato Famine during 1845-1847 thousands of Irish immigrants came to Scotland only looking for survival. They were forced into the vaults; the vaults housed up to 10 people or more, making it horrible living conditions barely any circulation and damp conditions. This became Edinburgh’s red light district; Prostitution, gambling, rape and murder ran rampant as well as disease. By the late 19th century the vaults were closed off for good. In 1988 a local man crawled through a passageway in one of his buildings, he found the closed off vaults. Then reports of ghostly activity poured in.
There are several ghosts’ that live down in the vaults. Many visitors report cold gusts of air, they claim to hear voices and have seen apportions of some the spirits.
Some of the ghost’s now have names
A ghost that is named Mr. Boots is said to haunt the back section of the vaults, he is an evil entity that is known to throw rocks at guests and push them. He was nicknamed that due to his large boots that can be seen and heard.
A ghost child by the name Jack, he likes to grab hands in the wine vault section.
There could be more ghosts down there due to its violent history; if you’re interested book yourself a ghost tour and maybe you will see Mr. Boots, Jack or a new ghost.
The popular TV show, Ghost Adventures stopped at the vaults, they claimed to have heard and seen ghostly activity during their visit.