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The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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. Plan to see The Real Mary King's Close and other attractions that appeal to you using our Edinburgh tourist route planner.
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  • Well where do I start... if your looking for a haunted tour this isn't for you as we found out!!! Came to Edinburgh for the nite had a few drinks (apologies to everyone else on the tour) fancied a bit...  read more »
  • Interesting history, however, a little longer than I would have liked. Seemed a little pricey for what it was. 
  • This is an excellent way to get back into time in Edinburgh history. The tour is very well done with lots of fascinating anecdotes and little stories, real stories. It's never boring. It's not a fake ...  read more »
  • Very interesting, the guide we had called Sarah who just got married the day before our guided tour. Wad very into the character she was playing and was very respectful towards other nationalitys and hearing impaired young lady on our tour. Would recommend the tour to any one who wants to know the underground history. Very similar to Hapton court on the outskirts of London. Bringing history to life in an interesting way.
  • An actor called John guided our german tour yesterday. He did it so well and the way he told the close's story was just amazing and veeery entertaining. Perfect for student's visits!!! Thumbs up! 😊
  • If you want a piece of Edinburgh underground history then this tour is worth it. It is very cool to explore the abandoned sections of the city below. You can really picture what life might have been like hundreds of years ago. However I will say that this tour focuses on the more theatrical performances and less on the historical. There are some feature elements like talking portraits and some jump-scares which my group found gimmicky and a distraction. The tour guide with us was more of a actor/performer than a historical guide. We would have preferred the tour stick more to the history or if the company could offer some history-buff tours.
  • Wonderful tour of a fascinating little bit of Edinburgh history. The buildings are surprisingly well preserved in places and in one of the houses you can still see the pattern painted on the wall. Photographs aren't allowed (because it's underneath a government building apparently).
  • Really makes you appreciate what luxury we live in these days. Rachels rendition of life at that time was made so interesting, she was an outstanding story teller. I would highly recommend a tour of Mary King's Close
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