Edinburgh Real Mary King's Close 1-Hour Underground Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Edinburgh
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Tour description

Discover Edinburgh's hidden history on a 1 hour underground guided tour at The Real Mary King's Close. Tours run everyday and depart every 15 minutes. With a costumed character tour guide, uncover the true story of how a network of Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. A top quality visitor attraction, allowing you to see for yourself what daily life was like in the 17th Century for both rich and poor. The maximum tour capacity is 20 people so this is an intimate and personal experience.

Imagine no more...Uncover the true story of how a network of Edinburgh's Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Mary King's Close was once one of the busiest, liveliest streets in 17th-Century Edinburgh. So how did such an important thoroughfare end up sealed off from the world for nearly 400 years?With your character guide, explore the warren of now underground streets and houses. See for yourself what daily life was like, for both rich and poor. What's the truth behind the myths and legends surrounding Mary King's Close and its residents? Discover how disease and the demands of a growing city conspired to seal the Close's fate forever. Starting in the exhibition space your tour guide will welcome you to Mary King's Close. You will then spend 1 hour exploring the now underground streets and rooms and hear the stories of the people who lived, worked and died here. End your visit with a stop in the shop and cafe. The cafe, The Royal Exchange Coffee House, is open daily from 9am and offers authentic Scottish produce for all the family. Warm up with a hearty soup or relax and enjoy a tea and scone in the unique setting of the Burgh Courtroom (own expense). The shop offers all things Mary King's, from plague and pestilence souvenirs to high quality authentic Scottish gifts, there will be something memorable to take home (own expense).Choose your preferred time slot: pick either a morning, afternoon or evening tour and you will then receive an exact allocated tour time within this period after booking.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Guide book (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Real Mary King's Close

What's not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city