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Real Mary King's Close

High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
+44 845 070 6244
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Guided Tour
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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 Edinburgh's Hidden History unmissable.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 845 070 6244
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Reviewed today

I took this tour yesterday, I missed it on my first visit, and boy, did I miss a great attraction. Please, if you visit edinburgh make this a must-see attraction. You will be fascinated and you will learn some history and have fun. I liked...More

Thank Peachy420
Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed this visiting this site. It shows how people lived in the housing in the alleyways hundreds of years ago. A building was built above these streets and so they were preserved - you have to go down stairs but it is not...More

Thank Dawn G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I won't go into too many details about the underground tour. It was fun and different to other tours is been on. I liked the fact the guides were in character and even though a little taxing sometimes , it definitely added to the experience...More

Thank Darren M
Reviewed yesterday

This is a brilliant experience with a guide dressed in costume, telling the story of the past in Edinburgh. Amazing to see. Can hardly believe that it is so well preserved. Well worth the entrance fee.

Thank Maureen H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An Interesting and enjoyable tour. Ideal in winter or in bad weather as your in doors. Not ideal for small kids or people with walking restrictions.

Thank Jo C
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took my 12 and 10 year old on this tour today. There are a couple of graphic parts to the tour - descriptions of illness and some rather gruesome looking ill characters which could be off-putting for some (and was for my daughter). My...More

Thank Kylie M
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must see to fully understand what life was like for those just managing their daily existance. Gives you a better understanding of how and why the great plague effective the lives of so many people.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You walk around the basement. There's little left and the one interesting dwelling you cannot enter and can barely see. Our tour guide was very dramatic which was more taxing than fun as it involved a lot of stomping and yelling. It's a lot of...More

1  Thank K B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Awesome staffer Rachel W very knowledgable and funny. Stairs to the underground city. Low ceilings duck if you are over 178cms Get your crests clan colours done here of you last name.

Thank Kaddap
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not a ghost tour but an historic, factual guide to what life was like in a close. Tour guide exceptionally knowledgeable. Highly recommended for those interested in history.

Thank EaglesFan19810
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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4 August 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, We have a number of photo options available, on site there is an option to buy a printed copy only, or you can buy the image on a USB, or both. With the online photo package, you get a physical copy but can upgrade... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. We are open all year round, the only day we close is Christmas Day (December 25th). You can find our opening hours below- April – October Monday to Sunday – 10am – 9pm (last... More
Debbie R
30 May 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hi Debbie, Thank you for your enquiry. Due to the nature of our tour, we are only able to permit assistance dogs on our tour. We hope to welcome you soon.