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Real Mary King's Close

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Address: 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
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+44 845 070 6244
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Guided Tour
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We really enjoyed the Edinburgh underground "city" experience with our amazing guide tour with Sarah , she is really nice !!!

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the Edinburgh underground "city" experience with our amazing guide tour with Sarah , she is really nice !!!

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Very very interesting place to visit, holding lots of history about the Edinburgh Old Town. In this tour you will explore some of the Edinburgh underground, hear the histories and get scared :)

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great tour & tour guide dressed in period costume really knew her facts & dates .. funny too.Difficult to visualise it all being open to the elements but a worthwhile tour if you've got an hour to spare

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very interesting thing to see in Edinburgh and gives an idea about how people lived. The kids loved the guide (Francisco) who was very entertaining with his story telling. Overall I would highly recommend this attraction.

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Very interesting guide 'under' some of the streets of Edinburgh. It's what you'd expect from history of the time, and they have done a good job in keeping the trail interesting from start to finish. Our tour guide (who wears glasses and is from the Netherlands but sounded English (apologies, I couldn't remember his name but this was the only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tour gave us a very different, yet very interesting perspective on the history of Edinburgh and its inhabitants. The length of the tour is just right, and I think it would be suitable and worthwhile for couples and for families with older children, especially if you have an appreciation for history. This tour showcases the lifestyles of the not-so-rich-and-famous,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The guide was friendly and entertaining, although the storyline is a little cheesy. A pity they didn't allow us to take any photos on our own because they wanted to "do business" by selling the photos they take for us. Interesting visit and definitely doubles up as a good wet weather program for the typical rainy Scottish weather.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had tried to go here on two previous visits to Edinburgh but could not get in so we booked before arriving this time. We did both the above ground and below ground tours, above ground by Sarah and she was very good, despite the pouting rain, an hour long tour giving a brief overview of salient buildings and history... More 

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Really interesting tour. Wasn't sure what to expect but it wasn't a creepy ghost tour as I expected but a real history of the place which was truly interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive vivid and thorough explanation of the historical past of the city. 非常值得一遊的行程,解說很生動、風趣、豐富,一個小時很快就過去了!帶著走過陰暗的過去,而且解說或秀出的東西是基於史實!

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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.
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