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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 #34 of 207 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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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If this was meant to be a guided history tour then fair enough, but the theatrical guide checking his not too hidden watch was too much, and as for posing for the photo which might ave hidden ghosts should you want to purchase it from the gift shop...no!! We wanted history with overtones of scary, the history we got, the... More

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Duisburg, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

One of the attractions that impressed me most in Edinburgh. Walking the old and very norrow closes of Edinburgh. That is history really still living. You feel really in the old times and not in the museum. Great.

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Really easy to find on the Royal Mile, and well advertised all over the city of Edinburgh, we thought we'd give it a bash one evening whilst on a short stay in the city. You can just pop in and book your time slot in advance, so although it seems busy, there is no huge queue. They also only take... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I've been to Edinburgh many times on business and always wanted to learn more about its history and in particular to experience this. A trip for the Tattoo to celebrate my mother's 70th afforded the opportunity. A brilliant tour, in this instance (25/8/14 @3.15pm) conducted by Chris T masquerading as a medieval (I think) merchant who resided in the Close.... More

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Madrid, Spain
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Amazing attraction in the center of Edinburgh. You actually go back to the 17th century. Well explained and detailed, you learn lot of things. Thanks a lot to Paul, the guide from Valencia (great guide).

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sandy, utah
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113 reviews 113 reviews
49 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We saw flyers and ads for this all over Edinburgh and decided we had to visit; it's not as amazing as I expected. One guide and not several costumed guides as seemed from the advertising. Nice if you have the time but not a must.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Re-visited after a gap of around 10 years or so - there is little you can do to improve the physcial experience of walking through history, but our guide, Andy, made the tour fun, educational, scary and really enjoyable. Thoroughly recommend as part of a visit to Edinburgh to discover some of the town's history from day to day life.... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The remains of the close are situated under a 20th century building and are reached down a long flight of steps. The tour guide tells the story from the perspective of someone who lived and worked there. It is a glimpse of what it must have been like to live and work in a very overcrowded, unsanitary, dark and grim... More

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Apple Valley, MN
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was one of the top 'Things to Do' on our list so maybe our expectations were too high because we were slightly underwhelmed with the whole experience. In reading other reviews, I think our tour guide may have been the problem. There was no laughing or lightheartedness on the tour, although the guide did have a lot of information.... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I took eight teenage girls to this amazing place. Having been before with my own three kids I thought they would appreciate a different approach to learning about history and they loved it! We had a very funny guide who made the whole experience very memorable, as the lasses said when we finished " we'll remember what he told us... More

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