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Real Mary King's Close

High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
+44 845 070 6244
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USD 19.78*
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Guided Tour
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour and Walking Overground Tour of...
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“chris t” (549 reviews)
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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 845 070 6244
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visiting Edinburgh for the weekend we had already booked the tour in advance. We had an excellent lady as our guide ( Meg I think was her name) . Informative and interesting . Lasted about an hour so not too bad .

Thank Verity W
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the tour of the underground neighborhoods and the people who lived in them from over 250 years ago when they were above ground.

Thank olytravelers2016
Reviewed yesterday

Not to be missed historic tour! Incredibly informative and interesting! Our guide, Julia was such a terrific speaker and very captivating! We were enthralled!

Thank andrewerinb
Reviewed yesterday

I did the Real Mary King's Close after reading reviews here. It was a great experience, the visit guide was enthusiastic and sympathic. But, as I read ever before, because of the main story told during the tour, we don't really know what was real...More

Thank Leagyba A
Reviewed yesterday

great HISTORICAL tour, not the ghost hunting some people thought was going to happen in the group we were in but a real glimpse into the past and our guide Chris T put his all into his part, look forward to visiting again.

Thank spike r
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely fabulous experience! Megan our guide was knowledgeable, funny, and engaging. We learnt so much, and everyone who visits this great city should take this tour. Thank you megan!

Thank Anna R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a fantastic way to spend an hour in rainy Edinburgh! This tour suits all ages (as long as mobility isn't too much of an issue due to its underground nature and uneven paths) - gives a fascinating insight into life in Edinburgh in days...More

Thank Kirsty B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Today we toured Mary King's Close. Our tour guide Heather was really great. She made the tour enjoyable and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour. It's not too long or short, just the right amount of time. I only wish you were allowed to take...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the English tour with Heather and she was great not only with the facts but with humour and good acting. Our teenager girls also enjoyed it

Thank Ana A
RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for leaving us a review. We're really glad that you enjoyed your tour of The Real Mary King's Close.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Our host, a young blond lady, but sorry I cannot remember her name, was excellent and very engaging. Myself and my partner were the only English speaking people in the group so some of the jokes were not received as well as they would be...More

Thank Andrea2978
RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad that you enjoyed your visit. On our one hour fully guided tour guests are taken through the original 17th century streets and spaces which have been uniquely preserved beneath Edinburgh's City...More

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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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.
25 February 2017|
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Response from Sarah999_12 | Reviewed this property |
i dont see it being an issue. the ground can be a little uneavan but there are lights and the guide pointed it out. the only issue might be the 38 steps down then back up again - would depend on how she feels