Banshee Labyrinth: haunted pub in Edinburgh vaults

Edinburgh city is one of the most haunted places on earth. Tourists who come to relive its spine-chilling past complete their experience at the most haunted pub in Scotland - The Banshee Labyrinth in the underground Edinburgh vaults. It’s one of the no. 1 haunted pubs in the Edinburgh underground, not only renowned for frequent hauntings but also for independent bands, whiskey & rum, and free cinema screenings of contemporary & horror classics. Their “Dine with the Dead” menu consists of items named after scary movies & fantasy-gone-wild like “Psycho” mushrooms, “The Exorcist” goat cheese or “The Headless Scotsman” haggis. Haunted weekends, and eerie weeknights in Old Town, are never the same twice in the Banshee Labyrinth chambers that haunt visitors till 3am.

country:   U.K.
region:   Edinburgh
category:   clubs
type:   bars & pubs

name:   The Banshee Labyrinth
GPS:   55.949416,-3.186722
address:   29-35 Niddry Street




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Ghosts of the Banshee Labyrinth underground Edinburgh vaults

The Banshee Labyrinth is in the notorious underground Edinburgh vaults where, even today, many cases of paranormal activities are reported. The infamous Auld Reekie ghost tours, which guide tourists through the vaults, end at this haunted pub.

The vaults, completed in the 18th century, were immediately used as taverns, but also as storage space for corpses that the infamous serial killers Burke and Hare piled up for medical experimentation. One paranormal event, which has occurred many times in the pub, is attributed to a Banshee spirit, lending the name to the establishment. As legend has it, a banshee is a mythological spirit that cries out and acts as an omen of death –considered to be an otherworldly messenger who wails and screeches in order to announce that someone is about to die. And that’s exactly what’s been reported in The Banshee Labyrinth, in fact, terrifying screams have reportedly frightened workmen even while refurbishing the pub. In one particular case, a few hours after hearing such screams, one of the workmen received a phone call saying that a family member had died. This Edinburgh underground pub, as well as the vaults themselves, have been investigated by believers and skeptics, and despite no scientific evidence, ghostly voices emanating from the vaults have been recorded and broadcast on television shows.

One more thing: If you decide to have a screaming bit of fun at the Banshee Labyrinth Edinburgh pub, keep your drink tightly in hand at all times because there may be nasty ghosts who throw drinks against the walls.

Inside one of Scotland’s most notoriously haunted pubs

Being an R’n’B and hip-hop music lover, I initially expected to be out of place in the Banshee Labyrinth Edinburgh pub – a place where you expect to see Metalheads and Goths. And you do, but the surprising thing is that nobody cares what you look like or what kind of music you listen to at home! As a matter of fact, the people, the music, and more so the Gothic atmosphere, brought out my mystical, magical side.

If you love the settings of movies like Mary Reilly, Bram Stoker's Dracula or if you’re just generally fascinated by Celtic/Scottish culture, you’ll feel like you’re part of your own tragic story entailing secret magic, crime and passionate love. It’s hard not to get swept up into the intrigue of history in one of Scotland’s most notorious haunted pubs, in a place where you breathe the air of the past, live the past and even drink the past. Speaking of which, if you’ve never tried whiskey at other Edinburgh pubs, do it at the Banshee! And if you’ve never eaten Haggis (sheep guts stuffed into a sheep’s stomach), be brave and try it here. Honestly, the haggis here is one of the best I’ve ever tried! The Banshee Labyrinth offers the flavours, sounds and sights of raw Edinburgh nightlife – a blend of Scotland’s mysterious past and eclectic underground entertainment including Indy bands, comedy and cinema.

Edinburgh underground haunted weekends & free cinema

Eat, drink and party any night of the week or get ghoulish with the crowds during Edinburgh underground haunted weekends. It all takes place in Old Town, in the creepy, reportedly haunted underground vaults where corpses were once hidden. And there’s also a Free Cinema! Yes, you can screen movies of your choice for free. One word: Awesome! Expect to be seated very comfortably in a small room with a low ceiling and minimal light. There, you can select films like “Sin City”, “Psycho”, “Lord of the Rings” or even “Meet the Fockers”. Of course there’s nothing like a good old “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”, “The Evil Dead” or “The Exorcist” to add a bit of nightmarish charm to your haunted weekends. It’s a unique experience best enjoyed alone (or with a close friend to cuddle) to get the ultimate, intimate, spooky experience. But aside from you watching the film, there’s a chance that something may be watching you – perhaps you’ll be joined by one of the spirits of The Banshee Labyrinth! But don’t worry; there are as many benevolent ghosts as there are evil ones, even in the chillingly mysterious underground Edinburgh vaults and its screeching haunted pubs.

Contributor:  Irina Vladimirovna Zilke

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