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“Thorughly enjoyable hour”

The Real Mary King's Close
Ranked #8 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Wasn't sure what to expect, thought it was going to be more 'ghosty'. It was a great tour and fascinating to see how people lived from the smallest home to the last inhabited. Chris T was a great tour guide and played his role very well. The 'Harry Potter' style portraits were very clever and again Chris added to this experience. The hour passed quickly. It is amazing to think how long this part of Edinburgh has been standing and that it was so populated. Can't wait to go back!

Thank Elizabeth D
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RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at The Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thank you for this fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed learning about Edinburgh's past and that Chris gave you such a great tour. We will be sure to pass on these comments and hope to welcome you back in the future.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The only tour of real Mary king's close, the tour guide was brilliant and knew what she was talking about.

Thank Charlotte H
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Paul, the guide was superb.This is a walk beneath the streets of Edinburgh coupled with a couple of murder & ghost stories- beware the squeaky rubber rat in the plague room. Not a place for those with limited mobility

Thank Covey-61
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My girlfriend and I went on the tour a few weeks ago and had a blast. The tour is underground and gives a well rounded view of what living there was like. The tour guide was a sweet girl who played a historical role throughout the tour. The ending was a little cheesy: ghost story and optional picture (they offer the picture but are not pushy at all). But overall I had a great time and would revisit the attraction on future trips.

Thank FQP7
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RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at The Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

What an amazing review, thank you so much for sharing. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed learning about Mary King's Close. We hope to welcome you back in the future.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Excellent, thank you Chris T. Great insight into old Edinburgh and life in the medieval period. Interesting to see how the poorer folk would have lived and glad there was no smell for effect when "gardy loo" was explained. The display rooms were good and the guide attentive.

Thank Renae A
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RealMaryKingsClose, Public Relations Manager at The Real Mary King's Close, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thank you for this great 5 star review. We love hearing how much you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your kind comments to Chris.

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