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Real Mary King's Close

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Address: High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
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+44 845 070 6244
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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Great Tour- Not Scary!

This is a great historial tour that will provide you with an incredible education and insight into what life in original Edinburgh was like. Don't like the posters or website... read more

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great historial tour that will provide you with an incredible education and insight into what life in original Edinburgh was like. Don't like the posters or website frighten you too much or turn you off this is not a ghost tour or scary. My Mom frightens easily and she enjoyed herself the entire time. Although the close... More 

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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This tour is without a doubt the best attraction in Edinburgh. You actually get to go down to what was once the city of Edinburgh and explore it. Our guide was really good and knowledgeable and the site is very interesting. So many stories and facts while walking in these narrow closes that you can actually feel like you are... More 

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There is not much to see, but there is so much story behind and the tour guide made it interesting. You can get a feeling of the life in medieval Edinburgh.

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I really enjoyed this tour! It definitely gives you a different perspective of Edinburgh and how life used to be. Our tour guide was interesting, educational, and funny. This tour was not scary at all like some people make it seem. You definitely need to book in advance. No pictures allowed, but they will take one of you at end... More 

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They take you round the place wig your tour guide acting as a person from the time, which was bizarre but funny and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and it was an amazing place to see.

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Birmingham, England
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Visited in April 2017 as I'd heard about the Close on a previous visit to Edinburgh and had wanted to visit for quite some time. It was more expensive than I expected but overall I felt the tour was worth it. Our guide Chris T was really excellent - great delivery of "playing the part', humorous and entertaining, and really... More 

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Brunswick, Maine
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We took this 90 minute tour of Mary King's Close. It was an entertaining way of learning about the closes in Edinburgh and how they functioned in the city. Kids would love it.

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For the history and the tour guide's theatrical presentation, it's worth doing. It's creepy how people lived several hundreds of years ago, but fascinating.

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Altogether a fun and educational tour, but kind of expensive though. Our guide Mel did a great job and delivered the jokes wonderfully.

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Myself and my partner did the tour yesterday. Well worth a visit if you are interested in history, it was so interesting to hear and see how folk lived in the closes all those years ago. Our guide was Chris T, he was superb, very informative and has a good sense of humour, he definitely kept us interested and gave... More 

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