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Real Mary King's Close

High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
+44 845 070 6244
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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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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 845 070 6244
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a great tour with fascinating historical information. If you are expecting a ghost tour, this may not be the tour for you as it is primarily historical facts. If you are interested in some of the more grim aspects of the long and...More

Thank stoneswag
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked to go here with my 10 year old son on a mini break to Edinburgh. I had visited when Mary kings close had first opened to the public at a similar age to my son and remembered how fascinating I found it so looked...More

Thank juliefife1985
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting view of old Edinburgh. The hour long walk through the Closes gives a good historical glimpse of the terrible conditions leading up to and during the plague.

Thank Ken S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent last week in Edinburgh with our 9 year old grandson, and of all the attractions we visited the Real Mary King's Close was the only one which we didn't enjoy and felt was a complete waste of money. We would NOT recommend it....More

Thank F G
Reviewed yesterday

Taken around empty rooms with a guide in character. Told to sit in one room where you listen to pre-recorded boring ghost story.Another room has pile of dolls that you are invited to inspect, they supposedly have been left to amuse a ghost of a...More

Thank Nottm4me
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The guide was very knowledgeable and in period dress works,visitor groups not to large so you get to see and hear the important details,really enjoyed the history lesson. Guide was a female the name escapes me! SORRY

Thank Lee H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was an ok place to visit but there could have been so much more done to make it more entertaining. Our guide was ok and knowledgeable but a bit too 'thespian' for our liking. The history of the place is intriguing but it is...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Real Mary Kings close is absolutely fantastic, what an insight into how life was back then. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable. You really are immersed into 17th century life and are totally taken back through history. Excellent.

Thank StevenT1664
Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago

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
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
29 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