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Real Mary King's Close

High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
+44 845 070 6244
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Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned…until now. Visit Edinburgh's most famous Close, which makes Edinburgh's Hidden History unmissable.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
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+44 845 070 6244
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Reviewed yesterday

This tour was always going to be on our list of things to do in Edinburgh as we both love our history and weren't disappointed. It was made all the better by our guide Tom, who was funny, informative and able to hold our interest....More

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Reviewed yesterday

At first I thought this would be corny but a cousin recommended that we go and I'm so happy that we did. We felt like we went back and time and gained insight into how they lived. We went at night and it definitely added...More

Thank S T
Reviewed yesterday

Doing the Real Mary King's close was one of a kind experience. It something different and interesting to see. Our guide Katie was lovely and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Thank Aneta T
Reviewed 2 days ago

I would highly recommend this tour if you want to learn more about Edinburgh's history. It is an interesting mixed in with drama and fun!

Thank Dawn K
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're a tourist in Edinburgh I guess this is the thing to do. My traveling companion and I did, and it did provide some interesting history about the area and gave us a sense of the experience of people who lived during this time...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun guided tours and interesting stories about the little town 'under' the Royal Mile. I enjoyed it, but if you end up being with a group of 20 it can be crowded.

Thank Fenopy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun tour but not quite what we expected. Good general history of the close. Some corny things that were not pertinent but still a nice tour. Our guide Alice was a very sweet and charming person. She did a really good job with her script...More

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RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we're glad to hear that you found the tour to be fun. As you mention it is fascinating to see how people used to live.Our one hour fully guided takes guests through the uniquely preserved 17th century...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

To see the original close and the living spaces from long ago is very interesting, the tourguides are well read and can answer most questions. The tour was a little packed, it would be better if the groups were smaller, but it is definently worth...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We expected a great historical tour, based on both the guidebook and recommendations from friends. We did not get that. It was fine, the guide was good and knew his stuff, however compared to previous tours by sandemans around the city, it lacked character and...More

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RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your visit. While Edinburgh has a number of other tours, we tell the real stories of the real people who lived on the Closes when the streets were open to the skies. Our tour takes guests...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and my husband thought we’d give this attraction a go while we visited Edinburgh. After reading a few reviews I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was brilliant! Our tour guide Megan was excellent and the tour was perfect. Took roughly an hour...More

Thank Dana B
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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3 August 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, We have a number of photo options available, on site there is an option to buy a printed copy only, or you can buy the image on a USB, or both. With the online photo package, you get a physical copy but can upgrade... More
15 July 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. We are open all year round, the only day we close is Christmas Day (December 25th). You can find our opening hours below- April – October Monday to Sunday – 10am – 9pm (last... More
Debbie R
29 May 2017|
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Response from RealMaryKingsClose | Property representative |
Hi Debbie, Thank you for your enquiry. Due to the nature of our tour, we are only able to permit assistance dogs on our tour. We hope to welcome you soon.