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

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.
You'll start at
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: The Real Mary King's Close
Had a great experience seeing Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh Chris was a fantastic guy and made the experience very
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Walney, United Kingdom
Great tour
A very enjoyable tour with interesting nuggets of information presented in a variety of ways. Shame you can't take
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Dawn U
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
This was something my husband wanted to do on our visit to Edinburgh. History isn't my favourite subject however
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Jane K
Absolutely fascinating to see the town underground and hear its history. A must do when visiting Edinburgh.
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Educational and fun tour of a hidden part of the city
Our guide, Katie, gave an entertaining tour of the underground closes. I especially appreciated that the content
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Edmonton, Canada
An Interesting and Fun Way to See Edinburgh's Closes
We visited Mary King's Close and really enjoyed the tour and learning about closes (tall narrow alleys) and how
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Fascinating insight to Edinburgh
We visited here after a recommendation from a friend. It did not disappoint. A unique insight in to underground
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Tracy M
Excellent tour.
Really enjoyed our tour today with our guide, Chris T. He was very knowledgeable whilst witty. The hour passed
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Its a must
Great experience and an excellent guide who brought the whole experience to life. The lady's knowledge and the way
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fascinating experience, a must do attraction in Edinburgh
Caroline, our guide was fantastic and made the whole experience top class. My husband and I took our 10 year old
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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