The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

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Experience 17th-century Edinburgh by touring The 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 The 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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  • So wanted to do this tour with lots of tales about underground hamlets etc . The hype was good. It wasn't cheap £15.50 per person for an hour, but if I got to see amazing things it was going to be wor...  more »
  • very interesting tour well worth seeing. not good for people with mobility problems as it can get quite steep and uneven. our guide Steve T. was great -very information and a great character. would de...  more »
  • This is a great place for adults and children. I wouldn’t recommend this for small children or those with difficulty when walking as there are lots of narrow steps and stairs. It is also very dark so ...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this experience. The rich history and culture that's hiding under your nose in Edinburgh is outstanding. I'd recommend this tour to anyone interested in what Edinburgh has grown from. The tour was shorter than expected, distance wise, but was worth it all around. The group sizing and frequency was perfect, never felt cramped in the rooms and never caught up to another group. Beautiful establishment, wonderful hosts.
  • Fascinating tour of an atmospheric location. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and gave a highly engaging and informative tour. The Close itself was impressive to see and sits underneath the Exchange building. Tickets seemed a little expensive compared with some of the other attractions in Edinburgh, but The Real Mary King's Close is nevertheless well worth seeing for anyone interested in history.
  • We had some time to kill on our first day in the city and this was highly rated on TripAdvisor and only 5-10 minutes from our hotel, so we decided to try it, and we're glad we did. Our tour guide Tom was just the right mixture of funny, informative and professional, giving the entire tour group a great insight into the lives of the people who actually lived in these Closes, while also keeping it amusing and much more interesting than I was initially expecting. I would highly recommend anyone vising Edinburgh to check this out and if possible, ask for Tom.
  • Be careful and ensure you make your allotted time as there is zero flexibility on the booking rules. Read the Ts and Cs because the tickets are use it or lose it. I noted down the time incorrectly and missed our original slot. Rather than pay the £30 again, I decided to walk through a few alleyways and look at the google photos for this attraction and I feel like I've had the full experience.
  • Fantastic historical tour of the quarter that was built over. Very worth the time and money. Not for those that struggle with stairs and steep inclines. This is underground, so if you have a problem with that. You are walking through the old tenement streets and houses a bit. Guides are very knowledgeable.
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