The Real Mary King's Close

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The Real Mary King's Close
2 Warriston's Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
  • Telephone 0131 225 0672
  • Opening times Open daily, times vary. Check website for details.
  • Admission £17.95 (£15.95; children £11.25; family £49)
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Covid-19 precautions

We are operating at reduced capacity and with social distancing in place. All team and guests are required to wear face coverings. Stringent cleaning regimes were put into place. Please find more information about our measures against the spread of Covid-19 on the 'Know Before You Go' page our website:
Last updated: 17 August 2020

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The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is one of Scotland’s most unique historic sites. It took its name from one Mary King, a merchant burgess who resided on the close in the 17th century. Due to the building of the Royal Exchange in the 18th century, the close was partially demolished and buried, and was later closed to the public for many years. The area became shrouded in myths and urban legends with many tales of hauntings and murders. The Real Mary King's Close now operates as a tourist attraction with guided tours.

Beneath the famous Royal Mile, discover the hidden streets, homes and passageways where citizens of Edinburgh lived, worked and died in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Real Mary King's Close is Edinburgh’s only preserved 17th century street, featuring a labyrinth of Old Town alleyways. Tours in these subterranean chambers are led by guides in the character of real people who lived in the close. There are also souvenir shops and a courtyard café. Tours last one hour and are fully guided.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

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Up Close and Personal with the Black Death in Edinburgh

Expert guides from the Real Mary King's Close leads this live broadcast through the historical site, shedding light on the disastrous plague that devastated the city in the mid 17th-century and the role of the plague doctor who saved the lives of many.

Sat 13 Mar

£12 / 0131 225 0672

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