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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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  • A good tourist attraction with very enthusiastic guides who made a difference..suitable for all ages and worth a visit 
    A good tourist attraction with very enthusiastic guides who made a difference..suitable for all ages and worth a visit  more »
  • I've led a group to Edinburgh 3 times and we always do the tour of Mary King's Close. All by of our guides have been wonderful but Zelda was particularly wonderful. I'm already planning to bring... 
    I've led a group to Edinburgh 3 times and we always do the tour of Mary King's Close. All by of our guides have been wonderful but Zelda was particularly wonderful. I'm already planning to bring...  more »
  • Wow! Amazing! Went with my mother and we throughly enjoyed the guided tour. Our tour guide was Craig and he was fantastic! So funny, informative and really interactive! Couldn’t of asked for a... 
    Wow! Amazing! Went with my mother and we throughly enjoyed the guided tour. Our tour guide was Craig and he was fantastic! So funny, informative and really interactive! Couldn’t of asked for a...  more »
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  • Great look at an old underground city of Edinburgh which is situated just the opposite of St. Giles Cathedral. It's shocking how narrow streets and tall the building were from the about 13th century. Definitely worth seeing. Thanks to the great guide Michaela, who gave an interesting talk and made dramatic show as well, so there was a place for some humour too.
  • Went away for a girlie weekend and thought we would do a few tours, our guide Emma from Edinburgh was great, she was knew her history and answered everyone's questions with ease, the street was incredible, to be able to see what the low houses looked like and the conditions the people lived in was amazing. Really enjoyed this tour, well stocked gift shop and coffee shop at the end of the tour.
  • We went on few tour while staying a week in Edinburgh and this one was defiantly one of the best ones! We had an amazing guide - Alyssia - who gave us historic facts while being being extremely entertaining. I did not realize how haunted the city was before going on the tour. 5 stars!
  • Just about worth seeing for the price, tour guide had great acting and was entertaining. Good level of restoration and preservation throughout albeit a bit commercialised in some aspects. Would give 5 stars but tickets are a little pricey at £19 each.
  • Unfortunately I cannot share photos of my tour as it is a rule of the venue that no photography was allowed. The tour however is a must see. My family an I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the history of the Close was amazing. I left feeling as if I had stepped back in time and to physically stand in an area of our Capital hidden from view deep beneath the City Chambers once inhabited by many long since deceased Edinburgh dwellers was surreal. A must see for all. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and make the experience all the more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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