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 stories. Tours run every 15 minutes from 10am throughout the year and prebooking is strongly recommended in advance for this popular attraction.