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Real Mary King's Close

2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0845 070 6244
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #33 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description:   To experience Mary King's Close is to step back in time.  A Close means Alley way. The homes and apartments dating back to the plague, were used to... more »
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was full of interesting information with a few laughs here and there. The history was amazing with enough interactive nature to keep all ages enraptured for the entire tour. Would highly recommend though the gift shop prices are a touch steep. Will be going again for sure and going for the Gold Experience tour!

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Thank you Kara aka Meg for a very enjoyable tour. You made Mary King's Close come alive. I will recommend it to my friends!

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Cornersville, Tn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this tour. The "underworld" of Edinburgh is really interesting. I am sorry that I don't remember our guides name but he was really good. Definitely tight quarters in this tour..great fun

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great tour - the underground tour (can't remember lady's name) was great and the overground tour with Chris T on the gold was excellent. Knowledgeable staff and enthusiastic although it was very hot. Whilst they've obviously done the tour many, many times this wasn't too obvious. Thoroughly recommend - despite the price! Don't bother with the guide book though.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

The start of the experience was at the gift shop. Don't really know what to expect but seeing the people with there awesome costumes, I think it will be a good experience. Then our guide lead us to the close and started the whole experience. It was an amazing journey, very informative and I like the fact that the whole... More

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Tenterfield, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Prior to arriving in Edinburgh, visiting The Real Mary Kings Close was right at the top of my "hit list", and I wasn't disappointed. For anyone interested in history and archaeology, I think a visit here will be very interesting. I found our guide excellent, and they have gone to some trouble to present the info in an interesting way.... More

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

With family in Edinburgh we visit often and this is by far my favorite attraction. It is a great way for people new to this amazing city to learn it's history in a most unique way. The tour is always fun and I learn something new each time. On this recent visit our guide was "Agnes" (Mel) and she did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our tour in the close was a memorable experience. Tour guide Chris t was amazing. Kids loved every second of it. Amazing!

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Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were shown around by Cara who gave a funny yet informative tour! The experience was filled with moments of interactivity, and the stories of people's lives in the original setting of the 16th century streets preserved beneath the modern city! Captivating, creative and a cultural experience like no other... A must!

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Waterford, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had our tour at 10 15 am by a tour guide called "Cara", she was lovely and really added to the whole experience with her knowledge .Was amazing to see this close that stayed underground for so many years .The whole tour lasts about an hour and leads you through the rooms and houses of people that lived here.... More

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