Real Mary King's Close: Beneath the Royal Mile Guided Tour

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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.
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Duration 1 hour
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  • 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
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Make your way to the Real Mary King's Close under the famous Royal Mile and journey through the city's hidden history on a maze of streets beneath the ground. Start in the new pre-tour exhibition room to get a deeper understanding of the site.

Journey through the warren of underground streets and spaces and learn how Mary King’s close and the neighboring "closes" (lanes) were once the heart of vibrant Edinburgh, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to Old Town residents. Hear how the close came to be underground!

Then, relax in the Mary King's Close Coffee House and enjoy authentic Scottish produce for all the family in the distinctive setting of the Burgh Courtroom. Explore all things Mary King in the gift shop, where you can purchase unique souvenirs to take home.

  • Entrance fee to the Real Mary King's Close
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Photographs

When you get there

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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
• The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and involves a moderate amount of walking
• 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
• Regrettably, pushchairs cannot be accommodated due to space restrictions
• 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
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Product ID: 76378