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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The Real Mary King's Close Reviews
Mind blowing to see a whole city beneath Edinburgh. You take a tour and hear a lot about the history itself and see how everyone used to live. I’ve been a few times with different groups of people..... more »
Has been on my bucket list for a long time. Lived up to expectations. The guide Fiona gave an excellent narrative. The interpretation of real people’s lives was fascinating. Well worth a visit. more »
We got this tour guide, a heavy-set man from Yorkshire who may or may not have been wearing a wig, and seemed possibly drunk. It was easily the most entertaining and hilarious tour I've ever been on- the natural intrigue of the Close notwithstanding. Whoever is thinking about going on this tour, I don't know the best way to ensure that you get this hilarious gentleman, but I'm confident if you ask the tour people for the guy from Yorkshire with the amazing comedic timing they'll know who you're talking about. I've never rated a tour five stars before but good god, I'd do this again.
Have been to Mary King's Close a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed then, but now it has improved and is even better!! Shout out to Tom 👍 what a guide!! He's brilliant, ya parents should be proud 🤭 well done and keep up the good work. If your in Edinburgh don't miss out on this fascinating insight into the way things were!!
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