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Real Mary King's Close

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Address: 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Phone Number: 448450706244
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of...
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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Great and very informative attraction

A great attraction in the heart of Edinburgh which clearly demonstrates how people used to live in these quarters many years ago. The attraction is presented in a very original... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A great attraction in the heart of Edinburgh which clearly demonstrates how people used to live in these quarters many years ago. The attraction is presented in a very original way. Our guide, Chris T, was just great. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I loved the tour and it was very informative. The guides definitely were great keeping the interest high and moving along.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

At first I did not want to go but my wife did. So that meant we were going. Happy wife happy life. She as usual was right. It was very interesting to walk in the places that these people lived 400 years ago. And to hear the about the way they lived. You really have to go to appreciate it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Guided tour. Worth a visit to see how people lived and what happened to them and how Edinburgh is now built over the old streets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Was a good tour, had a lovely tour guide, she was super friendly and answered everyone's questions perfect, it's so amazing to see how people lived back then! I would defiantly recommend this place to anyone interested in history 😊

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I hadn't heard of this attraction until yesterday when a friend mentioned it to me. I picked up a leaflet, it looked interesting so I booked in. A what a great decision it was. The tour lasted about an hour but seemed to fly by. Stuart our guide was a great storyteller and when he was asked any questions he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the Real Mary King's Close tour. It shows you the fascinating history of what life was like, living in Edinburgh a few hundred years ago. You can clearly see how the close was bricked up to make room for the City Chambers to be built above. The tour guide leads you through several different apartments in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Thank you Meg (aka Cara) for such a great tour through this place. I've wanted to visit for years and finally did on this trip! Very atmospheric,very informative, the lack of lighting, the height of the buildings and the slope of the close...and the poo. Lets not forget the poo. It was a fab tour and Meg's dry sense of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Booked last minute, I was a bit skeptical and went in thinking it might be a bit hokey. This was a surprisingly delightful underground tour! You got a great sense of what authentic life would have been like without having to actually experience the crowded, dirty conditions. Our tour guide Ernest was wonderful; you can tell he really enjoys what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

What an incredible journey through the murky past of old Edinburgh. This is a guide led tour through the remains of the notorious Mary King's Close now 'buried' by later buildings. The main street is by far the best for visualising the 'close' system of small alleys and lanes leading off the central 'Royal Mile' and orientating yourself to the... More 

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Address: Address: 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
Phone Number: 448450706244
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Staying in Old Town

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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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.