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
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Last updated: 28 April 2022

A Dram of History

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.

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 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.

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Casks & Closes - Whisky Tasting Tours

To celebrate International Whisky Month, experience a dram tasting like no other at The Real Mary King’s Close this May. Expect a crafted and unique whisky tasting tour in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Discover the secrets of Edinburgh’s illicit stills, and delve into the history of our national drink as you explore…

Fri 27 May

Over-18s only

£35

A Pride History

To celebrate Pride Month, The Real Mary King’s Close will be sharing its research in the series of new, educational and thought-provoking ‘Pride History Tours’, which have been designed to reveal the hidden histories of LGBT community life in Edinburgh from as far back as 1546 until 1912. During this 1-hour guided tour…

Fri 10 Jun

£23 A Pride History adult ticket (Children £15.95 5 to 15 year old)

Sat 11 Jun

£23 A Pride History adult ticket (Children £15.95 5 to 15 year old)

Fri 17 Jun

£23 A Pride History adult ticket (Children £15.95 5 to 15 year old)

…and 3 more dates until 25 Jun