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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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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 845 070 6244
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Reviewed yesterday

Tom gave us the best tour, with lots of animation and storytelling. He had patience with our quiet tour group, and stayed chipper and animated the whole time. Three cheers for Tom!

Thank HoneyBee742015
Reviewed yesterday

The remaining Closes of Edinburgh, actually being the current foundations of buildings on top at the Royal Mile can be visited with this well organized 1 hour Tour. Our guide Mark was just great. Very local, with some Italian passion, his story was credible and...More

Thank rliem
Reviewed yesterday

Sandy was an excellent tour guide and it was an amazing insightful tour. A labarinth of a hidden city waiting to be explored. It gave a real feel of what it would have been like in the days of the Black Plague.

Thank lucyburns101
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The tour guide, Katy was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall the tour was quite interesting but I didn't feel it was worth the money. £10pp would be a more realistic price.

Thank Ousby83
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was quite an interesting attraction. Our guide was great and we learned a lot. Wish that it was a longer tour with a smaller group

Thank brittanyl855
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Edinburgh for three days and this was recommended to us. The tour is an hour guided walkthrough of several underground chambers and tunnels. It provides some interesting and humourous background to things such as the plague. This should not be...More

1  Thank EG1976
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hour long tour of the living conditions of 15th and 16th century Scotland. Our guide did a good job of telling stories, sharing details from Scots' daily lives. Guides clearly enjoy the work (they were dressed as maids and servants).

Thank TNinMontreal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Booked on the tour the same day, all staff were fantastically knowledgeable, entertaining and friendly, the tour guide was hilarious without loosing the focus of the topic, intresting sites and content would highly recommend! Coffee Shop rather tempting too!!

Thank Anjie F
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a very worth while visit our Guide Adam was very informative and brought the tour to life. Great insight into life in old Edinburgh, would be enhanced by slightly better lighting and slightly smaller groups so that all could see and hear all...More

Thank denl60
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tour was alright. There were other tours under there at the time, which you could hear, so that kind of took away from the tour. Also the photos we took during the tour made it feel a bit ‘money grabbing’. Interesting hearing about what happened...More

Thank jannesco
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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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
Debbie R
29 May 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hi Debbie, Thank you for your enquiry. Due to the nature of our tour, we are only able to permit assistance dogs on our tour. We hope to welcome you soon.