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Real Mary King's Close

High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
+44 845 070 6244
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Guided Tour
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour and Walking Overground Tour of...
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Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned…until now. Visit Edinburgh's most famous Close, which makes Edinburgh's Hidden History unmissable.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a great experience for a young Canadian Student to see . The venue was very good and the historic interest was well worth seeing .

Thank gilliangrandison
Reviewed yesterday

We had a lovely tour and step back in time to days gone by. The guide was very informative and entertaining. Unfortunately this tour is not for you if you have problems with stairs as there are a few to negotiate. That said it is...More

Thank Alexandra S
Reviewed yesterday

What a great place to see a friend told me to go see it and I am glad I did one of the best things I have seen would recommend this to anyone to go there

Thank rayne b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here for the weekend and Mary kings close a great tour and insight to how they lived in Edinburgh very interesting and Arron the tour guide was very good well done

Thank Kaz W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great tour to understand everyday life in Edinburgh circa 17c and onwards in the very tight streets and lanes called a Close. The tour is both informative and at appropriate times entertaining. Given the lack of sanitation at the time it is a miracle...More

Thank Imelda D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited here while in Edinburgh on a Chrirmas break and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide Ernest was great and made the tour really interesting. Would recommend for anyone visiting the city.

Thank Yvonne L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My mum and I (had to choose ‘friends’ as the option Tripadvisor 🙄) visited today. I feel compelled to write a review straight away as our guide was SO kind to my mum who is 86, not very steady on her legs and has COPD!...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A brilliant underground exhibition- and shocking to see how people used to live. Very informative guide and a highlight of our trip

1  Thank ianalba
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Some of us in the group had visited before and I expected it to have been of the same standard, but was very disappointed. The girl doing the guide was extremely irritating, she didn’t speak loud enough and was losing her voice. She was trying...More

Thank Jo S
RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your visit to our attraction. We are a little confused by your comments regarding actors in some of the rooms, as this is not something which has ever featured in our normal tour. We do offer...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This would be my 6th tour on the close and i still come out feeling well informed and amazed by the underground street. My tour guide Chris T is amazing at what he does and makes his tours interesting and very funny. Will be back...More

Thank April L
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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20 November 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your message. Tours run every 15minutes, but our opening hours vary depending on day and time of year. Your best bet is to check our website for the current information. Kind regards, The Real Mary... More
3 August 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, We have a number of photo options available, on site there is an option to buy a printed copy only, or you can buy the image on a USB, or both. With the online photo package, you get a physical copy but can upgrade... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. We are open all year round, the only day we close is Christmas Day (December 25th). You can find our opening hours below- April – October Monday to Sunday – 10am – 9pm (last... More