The Real Mary King's Close

Historical Tour

2 Warriston's Close,, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 1PG

    Beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret, a warren of hidden streets where real people lived, worked and died between the 17th and the 19th centuries.

    The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces.  It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents.  Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

    For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die.  Research and archaeological evidence have revealed a much truer story, rooted in fact and – as is so often the case – more fascinating than any amount of fiction.
    With a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, your group will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating storiesTours run every 15 minutes from 10am throughout the year and prebooking is strongly recommended in advance for this popular attraction.


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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Nov 2015 - 20 Mar 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 21:00
    Saturday 10:00 21:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00
    2016 Opening Times
    21 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 21:00
    Tuesday 10:00 21:00
    Wednesday 10:00 21:00
    Thursday 10:00 21:00
    Friday 10:00 21:00
    Saturday 10:00 21:00
    Sunday 10:00 21:00

    November-March, Sun-Thu 10am-5pm Fri & Sat 10am-10pm
    March-October daily 10am-10pm
    Pre-booking recommended.


    • Children Welcome We regret that we cannot accommodate pushchairs and for health and safety reasons, we cannot permit children under 5 years old.


    • ASVA Member
    • No Smoking Permitted

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Diners Card
    • JCB Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Toilets

    Languages Spoken

    • Spanish Speaking


    • City Centre
    • City Location Located opposite St Giles Cathedral

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome Not suitable for children under five
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    Car parking is extremely limited. The nearest NCP car parks are at the Radisson Hotel and Castle Terrace

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From the Princes Street VIC, turn right on Princes Street walking past the Balmoral Hotel. At the junction turn right onto North Bridge and continue until you reach the Royal Mile. Turn right onto the Royal Mile and Warriston's Close is on your right just past the City Chambers, opposite St Giles Cathedral.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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