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Edinburgh: Real Mary King's Close Guided Tour

Product ID: 76378
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Explore Edinburgh’s hidden history beneath the Royal Mile on a fully-guided tour of the Real Mary King's Close. Discover the city’s deepest secrets and venture through a warren of subterranean streets, frozen in time since the 17th century.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Edinburgh's hidden history at the Real Mary King's Close attraction
  • Spend some pre-tour time in the new exhibition room
  • Relax in the Mary King's Close Coffee House
  • Explore all things Mary King in the gift shop
Full description
Step down into Edinburgh’s hidden history at The Real Mary King’s Close, voted Scotland’s Best Heritage Tourism Experience. Discover over 400 years of history and learn about the intriguing stories of Edinburgh’s past residents. From the deadly plague epidemic to a famous royal visitor, there is a myriad of tales just waiting to be told.

Journey through time and find out why the Close, once open to the skies and bustling with trade, came to be underground. An experience rooted in social history, this 1-hour character-guided tour also includes an immersive walk-through of the city’s uniquely preserved streets and spaces, all located underneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Expect a truly unique glimpse into the city’s past. 
Includes
  • Entrance fee to the Real Mary King's Close
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Photographs
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point
Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• The Real Mary King's Close is unsuitable for wheelchair access
• Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines, sturdy footwear is recommended
• There are 58 steps to climb down and 38 to climb up as part of the tour
• Many areas are dimly lit, and some visitors may experience disorientation or claustrophobia
• Due to the site’s underground nature, visitors with asthma are advised to bring any medication/inhalers
• For health and safety reasons, children under 5 years old cannot be admitted. Children under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult
• Visitors under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted
• Tour guides are equipped with a radio, so any visitor needing to leave may do so under escort from the duty manager
• No photography is permitted during the tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 537 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.5/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.2/5
Safety
4.6/5

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The Real Mary King's Close

Product ID: 76378