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General admission to a fully guided tour in English
Multilingual audio guide (available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Discover Mary King's Close, a den of streets kept as they were in the 1600s, with an eccentric, in-character guide
  • Find out about Mary King, a real merchant and burgess who lived in the area at the turn of the 17th century
  • Learn about the infamous plague doctors and hauntings, and take the chance to snap some atmospheric photos

Haunted rooms, tightly packed tenements towering eight-storeys high, and ghostly apparitions. Explore Edinburgh's oldest streets, hidden from plain sight, and unravel its history with an in-character guide.

Gardyloo! If you lived in Mary King's Close in the 1600s, you'd be all too familiar with the warning and would be running for cover. This tour of Edinburgh will lay bare the city's gritty history, from chamber pots being emptied out of windows to the plague sweeping through the streets.

The tour will take you beneath Edinburgh's bustling Royal Mile, while your guide weaves tales of haunted dolls, witches burnt at the stake, and the Scottish capital's gruesome royal history. You'll also find out more about the woman herself, Mary King, a well-to-do merchant citizen who was rare in her right to vote on the city's affairs before women had a voice.

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  • If the tour you have booked is full, you will join the next tour (departures every 15 minutes)
The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High Street, EH1 1PG, Edinburgh
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