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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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Ranked #38 of 210 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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202 reviews 202 reviews
70 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The tour of Real Mary King's close is a great history lesson! The tour is done in typical tour style, full of bad jokes & all, but don't let that stop you from going! You will see a side of Edinburgh that otherwise you would never see or hear of.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Booked this tour as a surprise for my wife during an overnight stay in Edinburgh over many other things we could have done and whilst it was very interesting to hear all the history under the city, we were left rather dissapointed by the lack of enthusiasm of our tour gig who seemed completely uninterested in his role to tell... More

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Calgary
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We decided to try this tour out because of the reviews on here and I am glad we did it. Our tour guide Chris T was a bit over the top on the dramatics for my liking but all in all it was a good and interesting tour. Something fun to do while in Edinburgh.

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London
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Almost missed it! In my opinion one of the best things I've paid to see! Mary King's Close is an old street of the 17th century Edinburgh wich was burried during the construction of the city chambers of the new Edinburgh. You come down to the old street by stairs and you will see the street as it was on... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I took some friends to this attraction last week and we were all so disappointed. I think we were all expecting a tour where there would be surprises along the way, maybe along the lines of the Edinburgh Dungeons. We all found the tour a bit boring and were expecting something exciting to happen at every turn and so when... More

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Well it does depend on your guide of course for bringing the ambience and script to life. We had a Winchester lad (aspiring actor) called Chris and he had the right easy manner - well done I loved the understanding you got from the Doctor, from the lack of hygiene or even light, from the Black Death sequence and from... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were really looking forward to this experience. The entrance, the shop and particularly the staff were very promising. It was so booked up we had to come back the next day but, no problem, we were keen to experience the history behind these hidden streets. The streets themselves were as we expected but everything else was seriously superficial. We... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I think you only need one of this type of tour to get the idea of how life was several hundred years ago in the dark underground tenements of Edinburgh. This would be a good choice especially if you're interested in the plague epidemics. Personally, I can't get enough reading and sightseeing about the plague in Britain. If you're tired... More

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Very good, Mel our guide was very knowledgeable and she made it fun. I've been on a tour like this before but it concentrated on the plague. This was a much better insight in to the lives of the people from that period. Thanks Sarah & Pat

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It is history that most people who visit Edinburgh do not know even exists. Sara our tour guide was great fun and very knowledgable. We'll done

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