The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

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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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  • So wanted to do this tour with lots of tales about underground hamlets etc . The hype was good. It wasn't cheap £15.50 per person for an hour, but if I got to see amazing things it was going to be wor...  more »
  • very interesting tour well worth seeing. not good for people with mobility problems as it can get quite steep and uneven. our guide Steve T. was great -very information and a great character. would de...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this experience. The rich history and culture that's hiding under your nose in Edinburgh is outstanding. I'd recommend this tour to anyone interested in what Edinburgh has grown from. The tour was shorter than expected, distance wise, but was worth it all around. The group sizing and frequency was perfect, never felt cramped in the rooms and never caught up to another group. Beautiful establishment, wonderful hosts.
  • Fascinating tour of an atmospheric location. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and gave a highly engaging and informative tour. The Close itself was impressive to see and sits underneath the Exchange building. Tickets seemed a little expensive compared with some of the other attractions in Edinburgh, but The Real Mary King's Close is nevertheless well worth seeing for anyone interested in history.
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