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The Real Mary Kings Close

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

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Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

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.


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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
0845 070 6244

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 21:00 (last tour)


Adult: £14.50

Senior (60+): £12.75

Student (with valid student ID): £12.75

Child (5 to 15 years): £8.75

Family (2 Adult + 2 Children): £39.95


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