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  1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Real Mary King's Close: Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

Product ID: 105155
Explore Edinburgh’s hidden history on a fully-guided tour of the Real Mary King's Close. Discover the city’s deepest secrets and venture through 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
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience a 1-hour guided tour beneath the Royal Mile
  • Enjoy an afternoon tea or coffee (after the tour) in The Real Mary King's Close café, offering authentic Scottish produce for all the family
  • See how Edinburgh's citizens lived in the 17th century
  • Discover the city's dark secrets, legends and ghost stories
Full description
Journey through time in the underground streets of Mary King’s Close and learn how this incredible subterranean space was once the heart of Edinburgh's vibrant Old Town.

Explore hidden streets shrouded in mystery and follow a guide in period costume as you explore the site and learn about its fascinating past.

After the tour, escape the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with sandwiches, delicious cakes and fruit scones in a historical setting at Mary King's Coffee House.
  • Underground tour of the Real Mary King's Close
  • Afternoon tea
What’s Not Included
  • Photos
  • Guidebook
  • Additional food and drink

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Meeting point

2 Warriston's Close, Royal Mile, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The tour was superb, Katie the guide excellent however, the afternoon tea was disappointing. The staff in the cafe knew nothing about our booking and the quality of the sandwiches was average. Not worth the extra £25 over and above the tour ticket price. Also saved nothing by booking them together.

February 23, 2020

We really liked the tour. We were only amazed that the voucher limited the age up to 60 years, although nothing was noted when the booking was made and even more older people could easily use it. Even if our English wasn't good, we understood most of it. The tour is exciting and gives a good insight into life back then. The Afternoontea was delicious, worked and tasted great, with very attentive staff.

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August 10, 2019

A really informative, entertaining tour of the buildings and people who lived in the streets which are now below ground.

December 15, 2019

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The Real Mary King's Close

Product ID: 105155