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

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    Make your own way to the entrance of The Real Mary King’s Close, located on the iconic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and present your pre-paid voucher to a courteous member of staff. Descend to the atmospheric tangle of underground streets with your costumed character guide and embark on a journey into the heart of Edinburgh’s rich history.

    Discover captivating myths and legends surrounding the subterranean close as you spend 60 minutes exploring the darkened streets. Gain fascinating insight into the rich and poor residents that lived in the close and allow your guide to conjure the vibrant atmosphere that used to permeate the area.

    After your tour, revitalize with authentic Scottish snacks in the Royal Exchange Coffee House (own expense) and then peruse the gift shop for unique souvenirs representative of Scotland culture and history.
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    All reviews chris t underground street living conditions happy to answer any questions interesting tour subject matter back in the day fantastic job mary queen of scots come alive well worth the money excellent guide royal mile sense of humour ghost stories plague history
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    Reviewed yesterday

    After reading multiple reviews on here, I was unsure wether to visit or not, but I bit the bullet and booked my family in £60 all in for 3 adults and a child. Our tour guid can’t remember her name didn’t speak English that great...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank NicoleLexi23
    Reviewed yesterday

    We booked in advance because during high season they are quite busy, and I'm so glad we did! Finally I got to understand more about the past of the locals in Edinburgh without diving into a list of dates and names, but actually by walking...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank iamnotalobster
    Reviewed yesterday

    we enguired the day before we wanted to go, (22/08), and were advised there were tours every 15 minutes, we were just going to turn up on the Friday and wait but the man said we had to book we had to book, so we...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Phil S
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Did this tour with my partner and while the tour guide was knowledgeable about the rooms she did not allow much time for questions. The design of this tour itself is completely back to front. You descend down to go through a bunch of rooms...More

    Thank fenixd00
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    My wife and I took this tour and really enjoyed it. You go down into what was once the street floor and explore with a guide dressed in costume to have key elements of Middle Ages life explained. The history till today is further explained...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank geoffp517
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    Voyager692184
    19 August 2019|
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    Response from JohnCracknell | Reviewed this property |
    No. There were more than that number of people when I went. Perhaps the time you chose already had a number of people booked in ahead of your request for the same time.
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    Clare T
    7 July 2019|
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    Response from AMD7777 | Reviewed this property |
    It needs to be pre-booked either online or in the office they have there. They’ll have everyone’s names on paper before the tour starts. I’m not sure how far in advance they need, but the website is user friendly.
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    Maraudermick
    15 June 2019|
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    Response from Bill D | Reviewed this property |
    Yes i think about 34 stairs from the ground to the start of the tour and inclines etc dont forget this was built years and years ago and built on top of. Not suitable for wheel chairs or prams etc
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