The Real Mary King's Close

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The Real Mary King's Close: 10am - 12pm

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Adults £14.01
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What: Walking Tour

Where: Edinburgh, UK

Availability: All year round

Don’t Miss: Discovering Edinburgh’s secret underground streets!

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The Real Mary King's Close

In times gone by they were some of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Now they are buried beneath the city.

On this tour you’ll explore the hidden network of underground streets and homes which branch off from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – hidden from view but still a huge part of the city’s history.

For 500 years, Mary King’s Close and the neighbouring Closes have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with chilling tales of ghosts, murders, and plague victims being walled up and left to die. 

Now you can discover the real truth about Old Town Edinburgh’s subterranean streets, which is stranger and more fascinating than any fiction!

Hear the captivating stories of what life was like here from your expert tour guide, who is fully costumed as a one-time resident of the Close.

Who was Mary King?

Edinburgh’s Closes were often named after the most prominent citizen found to be living there. As a successful businesswoman who traded in fabrics and sewed for a living in the 1630s (as well as being a widow and a mother of four), Mary King was one of these people. It was highly unusual for a close to be named after a woman at that time, which indicates her standing in the town.

Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Explorers
  • Culture Vultures

IMPORTANT:

  • When booking your ticket, please choose the time-frame you wish to visit.
  • We'll send you an e-ticket which will specify your exact tour time.
  • If you would prefer to select a different time, please call us on 0844 873 0070.

Availability:

Daily except Christmas Day

Tour Times:

  • Tours run every 15 minutes throughout the day
  • April - October: Open 10am – 9pm
  • November - March: Open 10am – 5pm (Sun-Thur) and 10am – 9pm (Friday & Saturday)

Guide:

This tour is led by an expert guide who will be fully costumed to play the part of a one-time resident of the Close!

Location:

  • The Real Mary King’s Close is opposite St. Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
  • The address is 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG

Duration:

Please allow approx. 1 hour for this tour

Parking:

The nearest car parks are located at Niddry Street and Castle Terrace

Disabled Access:

Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair access, as there are 58 steps descending and 38 ascending throughout the tour, with steep inclines.

What to Wear:

We recommend sturdy, comfortable footwear as the floors can be uneven with some steep inclines.

Included:

  • Tour of Edinburgh’s underground streets and houses
  • Expert Guide

Not included:

  • Food or drinks
  • Transport
  • The Real Mary King’s Close is opposite St. Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
  • Address: 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG
The Real Mary King's Close is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly sarcastic tour guide Our tour guide Tom was terribly boring and I felt he was trying more to brush up on his terribly posh accent, he told us if we would like a photo to go to our left and if not then we should step to our right, I then stepped to my left as I didn't have the money for a photo trying to be discreet and he totally embarrassed me by saying loudly so all looked at me as he said, "or you could just say no, you don't want a picture", This comment put me under the spotlight as everyone laughed at me. There was not much to see as part of the tour had been closed of he said due to falling ceilings. He had no time for questions and answers and he yawned all the way through the experience. I strongly felt he was bored with the tour as he displayed no interest in what he was telling us. Overall we did not enjoy our experience and bring to the dungeons before hand which was a total scream, (we loved every minute of that) But Mary kings close due to our tour guide Tom, was the worse thing about our break, this was our first time away any kind of holiday which we saved for a long time as it was my son's 13th birthday and he wanted to do something special for it. My son was mad because Tom cause the group to laugh at me, I was terribly paranoid as I find it very difficult for me to be out the house at all never mind being in amounts a crowd and being in a claustrophobic environment so for the guide to make such a demeaning sarcastic comment, which directed all attention on me as they laughed I was left very shook up and that nervous to the point it caused me to have yet another panic attack. We got back to our hotel were I apologized to my son before packing up my things and called my father to come take me home. I left my son, with my career to try enjoy the rest of our holiday without me. As a result of my experience with the tour guide, I am now back to square one, as far as my recovery and my mental state is that of a total nervous wreck, due to one man, your tour guide Tom. A very unhappy single mother, who is left feeling I've ruined my son's birthday and our very first time away.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous morning in Edinburgh When the tickets were eventually issued in another persons name and the attraction sorted it all out we had a great time
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more :( I visited recently but I would not go again.I was a bit disappointed to be honest. It was interesting but I thought that there would be an actual street and I thought that we were just moving from room to room. I wouldn't recommend unfortunately
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must see part of Edinburgh history Entertaining, informative and great value for money. A good look into how city life would have been.
Date published: 2016-08-07
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The Real Mary King's Close is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly sarcastic tour guide Our tour guide Tom was terribly boring and I felt he was trying more to brush up on his terribly posh accent, he told us if we would like a photo to go to our left and if not then we should step to our right, I then stepped to my left as I didn't have the money for a photo trying to be discreet and he totally embarrassed me by saying loudly so all looked at me as he said, "or you could just say no, you don't want a picture", This comment put me under the spotlight as everyone laughed at me. There was not much to see as part of the tour had been closed of he said due to falling ceilings. He had no time for questions and answers and he yawned all the way through the experience. I strongly felt he was bored with the tour as he displayed no interest in what he was telling us. Overall we did not enjoy our experience and bring to the dungeons before hand which was a total scream, (we loved every minute of that) But Mary kings close due to our tour guide Tom, was the worse thing about our break, this was our first time away any kind of holiday which we saved for a long time as it was my son's 13th birthday and he wanted to do something special for it. My son was mad because Tom cause the group to laugh at me, I was terribly paranoid as I find it very difficult for me to be out the house at all never mind being in amounts a crowd and being in a claustrophobic environment so for the guide to make such a demeaning sarcastic comment, which directed all attention on me as they laughed I was left very shook up and that nervous to the point it caused me to have yet another panic attack. We got back to our hotel were I apologized to my son before packing up my things and called my father to come take me home. I left my son, with my career to try enjoy the rest of our holiday without me. As a result of my experience with the tour guide, I am now back to square one, as far as my recovery and my mental state is that of a total nervous wreck, due to one man, your tour guide Tom. A very unhappy single mother, who is left feeling I've ruined my son's birthday and our very first time away.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous morning in Edinburgh When the tickets were eventually issued in another persons name and the attraction sorted it all out we had a great time
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more :( I visited recently but I would not go again.I was a bit disappointed to be honest. It was interesting but I thought that there would be an actual street and I thought that we were just moving from room to room. I wouldn't recommend unfortunately
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must see part of Edinburgh history Entertaining, informative and great value for money. A good look into how city life would have been.
Date published: 2016-08-07
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