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The Real Mary King's Close

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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“chris t”(603 reviews)
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Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned…until now. Visit Edinburgh's most famous Close, which makes...more
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High Street | 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 0672
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great tour. Learned a lot of Scottish history. Be prepared for a lot of steps underground. Tournament guide was terrific. Highly recommended.

Thank gksd
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited after I had seen this on a ghost show on TV. I'd always wanted to visit. On showing up tickets per person are £15.50 each!. We bit the bullet and went anyway. It was a tour of the close by a man in...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We booked this last minute on a busy Saturday and luckily were the last 2 accepted on a mid afternoon tour. I thoroughly enjoyed this as you get a real feel of the "old Edinburgh" and how conditions must have been for those who lived...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

the history is fascinating, and well worth it, shows just how easily disease can spread and frightening how quick, v

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When wandering around the royal mile we wanted to go on this tour so we went to purchase tickets. The next tour available was two hours away. We ended up buying tickets for the next day since we didn't want to wait around. The tour...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this venue yesterday and it was very busy. The tours are one hour long and you are taken by a guide dressed to the occasion and in character. The tours do have the usual jokes you expect of irony but...More

Thank katye1983
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tour is excellent. Very well organised and extremely interesting , I would highly recommend you give it a go.

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very great way of spending an hour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tales very interesting. Make sure you book ahead as it does appear to get booked up quickly. Some of the rooms are quite small and our group was about...More

Thank redrex
Reviewed 2 days ago

A step back in time which makes you aware of how far our living conditions have progressed. The presentation by the guides is excellent and the atmosphere amazing!

Thank SandyN372
Reviewed 2 days ago

Now this was worth seeing. How incredible to discover an entire underground city. I learned from the owner of the B&B where we stayed that she went on the tour about 30 years ago. Everyone had to bring their own torch so they could see....More

Thank Teresa B
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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8 August 2018|
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Response from BigRick56 | Reviewed this property |
It is best to reserve in advance.
2 August 2018|
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Response from Gary E |
Hi Keith, I visited today and I'm 6'3" and yes you have to duck down through the doorways but other than that there's plenty of headroom. As for time of day it's underground so doesn't make any difference, you have to book... More
8 July 2018|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hi, I'm afraid children under 5 are not permitted to take the tour, this is for health and safety reasons. Kind regards, The Real Mary King's Close