The Real Mary King's Close: Entry Ticket

Hear the real stories of Edinburgh's past residents underneath the city streets

The Continuum Group Ltd
Registered address: St Edmund's House, Margaret Street, YO10 4UX, YORK, GB
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Duration: 1h
Audio guide: Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
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General admission
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

Experience 400 years of history and discover the stories of your character guide during a 1-hour guided tour of historic Edinburgh.

Imagine a warren of streets frozen in time, where centuries of stories are just waiting to be told. Discover authentic truths about Edinburgh's dark past, and find out what it was really like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close.

Unlock the secrets of Edinburgh’s only preserved 17th-century street, wander through a labyrinth of underground alleyways, and avoid the cry of gardyloo.

From myths and legends to the deadly plague epidemic and a famous royal visitor – there’s a myriad of stories just waiting to be told.

  • Please show your smartphone ticket at the box office
  • French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin audio guides available via the Smartphone app “Mary King’s Close Audio Guide”
  • Download the app and a code will be given to you on the day of your visit to get access to the content. (Please note, headphones are compulsory on tour.)
  • Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, and Hungarian audio guides are available if requested before the visit. Subject to availability
Thursday 09:30 - 22:00
Friday 09:30 - 22:00
Saturday 09:30 - 22:00
Sunday 09:30 - 22:00
Monday 09:30 - 22:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 22:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 22:00
The Real Mary King's Close
2, Warriston's Close, High Street, EH1 1PG, Edinburgh
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  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

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3 reviews
Kristopher,  United States United States
06 Nov 2023
Wonderful experience- Xander was a great guide and we learned quite a lot. I would recommend this experience for anyone interested in Edinburgh history.
The Real Mary King's Close
Jordan,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
19 Oct 2023
A fun look at the times way before us! Amber navigated so well and told the stories with enthusiasm. She was a pro!
The Real Mary King's Close
Eamon,  Ireland Ireland
04 Sep 2023
Sam did an amazing job.👍👍 Recommend it highly 👌
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