Real Mary King's Close
Guides lead you beneath the Royal Mile to explore the labyrinthine Close while recounting the various myths and legends that surround the subterranean streets. These guided 1-hour tours take place throughout the day—pre-purchasing your ticket means you’ll avoid waiting in line and guarantee your preferred time slot. Real Mary King’s Close also features on several ghost tours, which typically occur after dark and reveal Edinburgh’s history of hauntings.
Things to Know Before You Go
Real Mary King’s Close is a must-visit for those interested in Edinburgh history.
There are many steps on the tour, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
Much of the tour takes place in dimly-lit tight spaces and is not recommended for those with claustrophobia.
There is a souvenir shop on-site.
Due to its tight spaces and protected status, Real Mary King’s Close is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located on the Royal Mile—undoubtedly Edinburgh’s most famous street—Real Mary’s Close is a 5-minute walk from Waverley Railway Station and close to many major hotels. The nearest bus stop is Market Street, which is served by route number 6.
When to Get There
Real Mary’s Close is open seven days a week, closing only on Christmas Day (December 25). Tour times vary throughout the year and are extended during the summer, but generally run from morning through late evening. The site is at its most atmospheric after dark.
It’s worth sticking around after your tour for a meal or snack in Mary King’s Coffee House, which boasts a history all of its own. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the Royal Exchange Coffee House was where key figures associated with the Scottish Enlightenment would meet to debate the issues of the day. Today, the coffee house is located in the Burgh Courtroom and serves specialities such as soups, sandwiches, and cakes.
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