Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

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Experience 17th-century Edinburgh by touring Real Mary King's Close. This collection of underground alleyways features buildings dating back to period of the Plague, and gives you a glimpse of Edinburgh life hundreds of years ago. Take a tour with a guide in period dress who will recount the close's history, share its associated ghost stories and myths, and bring you into a handful of homes left in their original condition. Named for Mary King, a famous local fabric trader and seamstress in the 1630s, the area was open to the sky before the city built over it and put it beneath street level. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, because you'll be walking on cobblestone streets. To visit Real Mary King's Close and get the most from your holiday in Edinburgh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Edinburgh vacation planning tool .
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  • The visit is fine and the guide that we touched, Elena, makes it fantastically. You can learn about life in the closes and how arranged them in the time. Perhaps the price is rather high. Than can take pictures also can be somewhat improved.
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  • An excellent incite into life in Edinburgh long ago. Guide was really knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend this visit.  more »
  • In this tour you really get to feel what it was like to live in Edinburgh in the 1600 and 1700s. You get to see the living conditions and hear the stories of real former Edinburgh residents  more »
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  • The best of a bad lot! .. Every other ghost tour in Edinburgh is complete nonsense! Especially the underground tour!! It's actually just a tour of an old Edinburgh basement which leads into an old bridge arch .. in Edinburgh terms it's not even old and is actually not even underground! This Mary Kings one, is interesting from a historical point of view .. it is an old Edinburgh Street (Close as we call it) who's foundations were used in the construction our City Chambers building .. it's real! The basic story is true.. however just ignore all the fabricated ghost stories. They were created for the benefit American tourists.. Don't get me wrong this is well worth a visit .. but remember there are many other closes of equal antiquity, which are complete and in use today.. every one of them have a fascinating tale to tell.. The whole of the old High Street is such an amazing place! Go buy a guide book and follow the trail yourself! It's much more fun!
  • Even though we lived five years in Edinburgh, we didn't seem nearly so interested in visiting this place until we recently started to hear wonders about the new expert guide in Spanish called Ainhoa. And it all came true. She made us feel we really was there. She is personable and with real sense of humour. Her enthusiasm for those lives and stories was refreshing and quite contagious so the time flew by. Extremely good. Highly recommended.
  • Great way of learning history by being able to take a walk through it. Katie our tour guide was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable and added some very good humour as went through. The poor girl was losing her voice but she gave 110% still. Thank you Katie for a wonderful tour! I will highly recommend :)
  • If you look for something more historical accurate then scary -like me- that's definitely the right spot. I wasn't expecting much from it, particularly because I've never felt attracted by those "different" tours, but I was impressed with the staff. All the histories were told in a great level of detail, it's amazing how the attractions were created and developed. My only disappointment is not to find similar tours like this one!
  • This place was Awesome. We were there in August. Our tour guide was wonderful. Highly recommend to any and all visitors for Edinburgh.

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