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The Real Mary King's Close

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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
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+44 131 225 0672
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Reviewed yesterday

very interesting tour well worth seeing. not good for people with mobility problems as it can get quite steep and uneven. our guide Steve T. was great -very information and a great character. would definitely say pay this a visit

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a great place for adults and children. I wouldn’t recommend this for small children or those with difficulty when walking as there are lots of narrow steps and stairs. It is also very dark so could be frightening for smaller children. Our guide...More

Thank 722sarahb
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was spooky but great the history behind old Edinburgh, is fantastic, to think that there is a town benieth Edinburgh that still exists is great, very informative and educational.

Thank Chris H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is quite worth the time. Very informative regarding how people lived in the 1500s. Should get tickets the day before at least as it can be busy.

Thank Saaboston
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been here a few times with different people and have to say I have enjoyed the experience so when friends who were visiting Edinburgh asked where to go I suggested Mary King's Close. Having been before I kind of knew the 'route' that...More

Thank Cosmopolitan785941
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great glimpse into how people used to live hundreds of years ago. Interesting guided tour. And right on the Royal Mile.

Thank tubblesnap
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Booked 5 tickets through TripAdvisor. Ticket stated “morning tour”. Arrived late morning for the tour, woman behind the desk looked at the tickets and pointed out in very fine print at the bottom at time of 10.15. I had mistaken that for a booking date....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a nice introduction to what a close was and allows you to understand the time period, the buildings and gives more understanding to the area and the way the streets and buildings look. I feel it is a must if you are a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The 1h guided tour through Mary King’s Close was an amazing experience, with the history of Edinburgh’s underground brought to life by our incredible tour guide Rachel W., who guided the tour through the underground vaults and enraptured the audience with stories about the plague,...More

Thank Flyer26755053418
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a great activity if you are interested in history however it’s quite remarkable even if you’re not a history buff! Our tour guide was called Bethany and she did a great job at delivering the tour with a friendly approach. The close has...More

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Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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11 November 2018|
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Response from Jet679242 | Reviewed this property |
It is rather close quarters in some places. I didn’t think about it at the time, but if close spaces tend to be a problem for you I might choose another activity.
8 October 2018|
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Response from 228mauror | Reviewed this property |
There was some talk about a suffering ghost of a little girl in my tour, and some other ghosts that appear in the local. A kid may believe in this information. But probably if the kids dont get scared they will get bored, as... More
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6 October 2018|
Response from Barbara G | Reviewed this property |
It is a bit dark and I’m not sure if they would allow a tourch light I suggest you call them to inquire. The dark setting is definitely part of the effect they are striving for.