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Real Mary King's Close

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Address: High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of...

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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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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Fascinating and interesting insight to the old Edinburgh .

Most excellent tour of the old Edinburgh history hidden beneath the city a must see attraction when you visit the town. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment very popular... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most excellent tour of the old Edinburgh history hidden beneath the city a must see attraction when you visit the town. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment very popular attraction in both peak and off peak seasons. You will be guided around the site by very knowledgeable and interesting character guides who provide great entertainment during the tour. A great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a gray trip going under the roads of Edinburgh! It is a very enjoyable and fun experience. I was wowed by it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was my third visit and my partners first. I would definitely recommend a visit here as very intresting around a hours tour

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting tour. The underground streets were a must see! Our guide was very good, she gave lots of information in a fun way! Highly recommend a visit.

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Having worked minutes from here for years I finally visited this attraction last week and was not disappointed! Very informative and enjoyable tour made even more so by our fun guide Sarah. Even being local didnt make this any less enjoyable and would recommend to Scots and any visitors as well. Fascinating underground history and eye opening insight into the... More 

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If you ever wondered what the original streets of Edinburgh looked like and how people lived then go and experience this tour It's both fascinating and educational. Take a friend!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Sarah was our tour guide and we absolutely loved it! She was very funny and knowledgeable and made the experience 10 times better than we had hoped. Definitely going to recommend to everyone who comes to Edinburgh!

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I'm not usually a history person but I found the tour so interesting. There is so much to see and learn and the staff are really helpful and friendly. Definitely worth the money and would recommend as a must when visiting Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The two of us found the whole experience very interesting and it gave us a real insight into Edinburgh's history. Francisco was very entertaining and highly informative about the stories of Edinburgh's closes. We went on the tour at 1530 on a Monday afternoon so had a fairly small group of 9 people. Overall we enjoyed the experience and would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent tour, couldnt fault our guide Chris T. he was very knowlegible and made the tour enjoyable for all ages with his humour and enthusiasm

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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