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1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh provided by The Real Mary King's Close

1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

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Delve deeper into Edinburgh’s dark past by going underground to the Real Mary King's Close, an historic site that lies beneath the UNESCO-listed Edinburgh Old Town. By taking a tour of the close, you’ll access areas that are usually off-limits to the public and guarantee your place on the often sold-out tours.
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The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
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    The Real Mary King's Close
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Imagine no more... Uncover the true story of how a network of Edinburgh's Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Mary King's Close was once one of the busiest, liveliest streets in 17th-Century Edinburgh. So how did such an important thoroughfare end up sealed off from the world for nearly 400 years? With your character guide, explore the warren of now underground streets and houses. See for yourself what daily life was like, for both rich and poor. What's the truth behind the myths and legends surrounding Mary King's Close and its residents? Discover how disease and the demands of a growing city conspired to seal the Close's fate forever. Starting in the exhibition space your tour guide will welcome you to Mary King's Close. You will then spend 1 hour exploring the now underground streets and rooms and hear the stories of the people who lived, worked and died here. End your visit with a stop in the shop and cafe. The cafe, The Royal Exchange Coffee House, is open daily from 9am and offers authentic Scottish produce for all the family. Warm up with a hearty soup or relax and enjoy a tea and scone in the unique setting of the Burgh Courtroom (own expense). The shop offers all things Mary King's, from plague and pestilence souvenirs to high quality authentic Scottish gifts, there will be something memorable to take home (own expense). Choose your preferred time slot: pick either a morning, afternoon or evening tour and you will then receive an exact allocated tour time within this period after booking.
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You'll end at
The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
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  • See a different side of Edinburgh's Royal Mile by going underground
  • An ideal choice for families and history buffs
  • A costumed guide brings Edinburgh's past to life
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
Important Information
Departure Point
The Real Mary King's Close, 2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Guide book (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Real Mary King's Close
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tours depart every 15 minutes: you will be required to pick your preferred time
  • Please request a language audio guide at the time of booking to reserve
  • It's very important that you arrive in time for your allocated departure time as per the confirmation after booking: customers will not be admitted onto any other tour time
  • Due to uneven surfaces, steep inclines and low level lighting, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Children aged 4 and under are not permitted on the tour
  • No photography is permitted during the tour
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Katie wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom452 contributions40 helpful votes
I can't believe that I've visited Edinburgh a number of times and only heard about Mary King's Close on this visit. It was fascinating seeing what lies beneath the streets, but our tour guide was very disappointing. He spoke quite rudely to some foreign visitors in the group
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Charmayne wrote a review Mar 2020
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved this and at this time have total respect to keep continuing the tours, our guide gave so much history was really a eye opener
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Date of experience: March 2020
Samantha N wrote a review Mar 2020
Sherborne, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
We had Ben as our guide during this tour, he was just great! Knowledgeable, witty, made it fun but incredibly informative. Answered all our questions, and the staff uniform is on point! I would highly recommend for a glimpse into Edinburgh's past, how they lived and how the city
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Charles W wrote a review Mar 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom22 contributions4 helpful votes
...yes very interesting, the guide informative but tried a bit too hard to be funny. I won't name names. £10 would have been a fairer price. Not somewhere you'd go back but I guess that is to be expected.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from JenniferJSG, Marketing Executive at 1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so glad you found it interesting learning about our history, it is unfortunate, however, that the price did not meet your expectations. As a five star attraction, we base our prices on other high-quality attractions in the city. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the city. Kind Regards, TRMKC Marketing Team
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lynbar1953 wrote a review Mar 2020
Holywood, United Kingdom6 contributions6 helpful votes
Well worth the visit. Chris is a great guide - informative and witty - everything you’d want. The stories of how people lived in such cramped conditions really illuminating. Donna has a small paranormal experience as leaving - and she’s not susceptible to that sort of thing. An
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Bad comppany
Booked a trip there for start of may for my birthday. Get a message to say it's cancelled during covid (completely
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A real insight in to life in the past
This tour was informative and very interesting lead by (probably an aspiring actor) . The guide made the tour enjoy
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Maureen C
Very interesting history. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
Was a very interesting tour. The guide gave lots of information and history of the close and the time periods.
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Good tour, great tour guides/actors! Came to this about 13yrs ago and remember it to be more exciting, but it was
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It was good
It's something fun to do to learn a bit of the history and to get out of the cold & rain. It was good not great.
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Excellent attraction to visit
Was a very interesting and factual tour not realising that it is actually underground the royal mile my partner see
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A glimpse of Edinburgh past
We really didn't know what to expect but it seemed to be interesting enough to give it a try and we were glad we di
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Great experience
Maggie was a great tour guide, actress and made the whole experience worth the money The streets below are magical
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Was recommended in travel book and by the barman in a place we visited so we expected great things unfortunately ev
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Very enjoyable
Excellent place to visit Loved every second of learning and seeing the actual houses and streets Our guide Paul wa
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A little cheesy but fun and entertaining
Our tour was lead by Laura (i think) and it was only her first day and second tour EVER. She was fabulous! She was
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The history of Edinburgh in place and person
This is a very interesting tour as it describes very well the history and development of Edinburgh over the centuri
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Nice Interesting Historic Tour
This tour was good to understand the way of life back in the day. It was interesting and quite amazing seeing this
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Very glad we had this experience
Our lively and lovely Greek guide was well versed in her narrative and did a nice job of showing the Close. My dau
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Fascinating look into the local history
Guided tour of a now covered street just off the Royal Mile, this offers a glimpse into the more personal history o
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  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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