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The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

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Experience 17th-century Edinburgh by touring The Real Mary King's Close. This collection of underground alleyways features buildings dating back to period of the Plague, and gives you a glimpse of Edinburgh life hundreds of years ago. Take a tour with a guide in period dress who will recount the close's history, share its associated ghost stories and myths, and bring you into a handful of homes left in their original condition. Named for Mary King, a famous local fabric trader and seamstress in the 1630s, the area was open to the sky before the city built over it and put it beneath street level. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, because you'll be walking on cobblestone streets. To visit The Real Mary King's Close and get the most from your holiday in Edinburgh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Edinburgh vacation planning tool.
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  • Really glad I managed to get to see this attraction! It is a jurney to discover how people lived in the past in Edinburgh, with a guide dressed in costumes of the times. Our guide Micaela has been... 
    Really glad I managed to get to see this attraction! It is a jurney to discover how people lived in the past in Edinburgh, with a guide dressed in costumes of the times. Our guide Micaela has been...  more »
  • We really enjoyed this tour! Walking into underground Edinburgh to get a feel for life hundreds of years ago. It’s some stairs up and down and some slanted floors, but not strenuous. Our guide... 
    We really enjoyed this tour! Walking into underground Edinburgh to get a feel for life hundreds of years ago. It’s some stairs up and down and some slanted floors, but not strenuous. Our guide...  more »
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  • Amazing visit here! Fascinating trip with lots of great information. Our guide was brilliant. She really had all our family listening to every word. Thank you so much Becca. You really brought the experience to life. Would definitely recommend coming here for a visit!
  • Very insightful tour, fascinating history of how Edinburgh used to be. Lots of research has been conducted in order to tell the most in depth stories possible. Our guide, Ash was very knowledgeable and was on hand to answer other questions. I'd recommend it but agree with other comments that it is a little pricey and I've also heard since they pay guides and staff minimum wage, which is not really on given the price and the number of people who attend the tours (there were 18 people on our tour).

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