The Real Mary Kings Close | Day Out With The Kids

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The Real Mary Kings Close

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Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

  • Character at The Real Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh
  • People looking at artefacts at The Real Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh
  • Woman reading display at The Real Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh

Attraction Information

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Ages: 9+

Venue type: Indoor

The Real Mary King's Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand: back in the 1600's, Mary King's Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh's busy and vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their precious wares to the Old Town's residents. Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and more, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die… eek!! Research and archaeological evidence have revealed a truer story, rooted in fact and, as is so often the case, more fascinating than any amount of fiction: but no spoilers here, you'll have to go to find out!

With a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, you will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating stories. Tours take approximately one hour and are frequent, taking place every 15 minutes from 10:00 (09:30 in August). A 1 hour Overground Tour Experience is available as a bolt on to the standard tour for just an additional £5: a great way of extending your day out even further!

It's worth remembering that some children react badly to wax dummies, thought should be given to personal suitability before you go! Under 5s are not permitted anyway due to the occasional unnerving content.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


2 Warristons Close, High Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 1PG, Scotland


Click here to visit The Real Mary Kings Close's website
0131 2250 673

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 21:00

Monday to Thursday 09:30 – 17:30
Friday to Saturday 09:30 - 21:00
Sunday 09:30 – 18:30

December - March
Sunday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 21:00


General Admission
Adults: £15.50
Kids (5-15): £9.50
Concession: £13.50

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Clothing requirements

Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines, sturdy footwear is recommended. 

Guest suitability

The Close is unsuitable for wheelchair access due to its historic nature and layout. Please note that the tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age for safety reasons, therefore no child under 5 years will be admitted.

Parking facilities

Parking spaces are very limited in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The nearest car parks are: Niddry Street (beneath the SAS Radisson Hotel) or Castle Terrace and charges will apply.


Great afternoon out

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Kayleighlou90 . 26.01.17

This was a brilliant attraction and was both informative and fun! You will be going round with a group and is a good laugh. I highly recommend this for couples, family and friends!