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

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

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Delve deeper into Edinburgh’s dark past by going underground to the Real Mary King's Close, an historic site that lies beneath the UNESCO-listed Edinburgh Old Town. By taking a tour of the close, you’ll access areas that are usually off-limits to the public and guarantee your place on the often sold-out tours.
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The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
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    The Real Mary King's Close
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Imagine no more... Uncover the true story of how a network of Edinburgh's Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Mary King's Close was once one of the busiest, liveliest streets in 17th-Century Edinburgh. So how did such an important thoroughfare end up sealed off from the world for nearly 400 years? With your character guide, explore the warren of now underground streets and houses. See for yourself what daily life was like, for both rich and poor. What's the truth behind the myths and legends surrounding Mary King's Close and its residents? Discover how disease and the demands of a growing city conspired to seal the Close's fate forever. Starting in the exhibition space your tour guide will welcome you to Mary King's Close. You will then spend 1 hour exploring the now underground streets and rooms and hear the stories of the people who lived, worked and died here. End your visit with a stop in the shop and cafe. The cafe, The Royal Exchange Coffee House, is open daily from 9am and offers authentic Scottish produce for all the family. Warm up with a hearty soup or relax and enjoy a tea and scone in the unique setting of the Burgh Courtroom (own expense). The shop offers all things Mary King's, from plague and pestilence souvenirs to high quality authentic Scottish gifts, there will be something memorable to take home (own expense). Choose your preferred time slot: pick either a morning, afternoon or evening tour and you will then receive an exact allocated tour time within this period after booking.
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You'll end at
The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
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  • See a different side of Edinburgh's Royal Mile by going underground
  • An ideal choice for families and history buffs
  • A costumed guide brings Edinburgh's past to life
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
Important Information
Departure Point
The Real Mary King's Close, 2, Warriston's Close, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Guide book (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Real Mary King's Close
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tours depart every 15 minutes: you will be required to pick your preferred time
  • Please request a language audio guide at the time of booking to reserve
  • It's very important that you arrive in time for your allocated departure time as per the confirmation after booking: customers will not be admitted onto any other tour time
  • Due to uneven surfaces, steep inclines and low level lighting, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Children aged 4 and under are not permitted on the tour
  • No photography is permitted during the tour
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: The Real Mary King's Close
Social History
A very good tour showing how the residents of Edinburgh lived in this ancient city. The tour guide was very
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Thank You Maggie
Thank you Maggie for a fantastic time. You were a fantastic tour guide. Great look back in the past. The Craig’s
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Excellent tour
Excellent tour, worth every penny. Have a real insight of Edinburgh in times gone by. Brilliant tour guide, Chris
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Jack S
Leicester, United Kingdom
Interesting Tour of historic Edinburgh
Really enjoyed the tour, gave an insight into what Edinburgh was like during years gone by. Tour guide was funny
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Chester, United Kingdom
Great insight into Edinburgh’s real history!
With Storm Dennis affecting our mini break to the city, decided to give this indoor (or Underground)attraction a
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Great tour
More than expected, very interesting. Tour guide was funny and well informed. Worth a visit...some steep stairs
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Kevin S
Kevin & Marie, Leitrim, Ireland
Spent a fantastic hour in the company of Maggie of Real Mary's close. A wonderful guide who was very knowledgable
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Jarrow, United Kingdom
Step Back In Time
A good guide took us round the underground close and made our visit very interesting and entertaining. Worth a
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Eliza Thomas
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Incredible educational attraction
Great attraction. Was historical and educational, tour guide was lovely too sorry I forgot the name! Delved into
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London, United Kingdom
Historical, fascinating tour
This tour was so much fun. Our guide, Maggie AKA Janet was great at imparting loads of interesting facts,
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  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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