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 .
Tours to The Real Mary King's Close
1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $21
Duration: 1 hour
Half A Day In Edinburgh, Your Way BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $77
Duration: 4 hours
2 Hours in Edinburgh, Your Way BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 2 hours
The Real Mary King's Close Reviews
A fun and insightful tour of the historic past of Edinburgh. Our guide Ash was full of enthusiasm and clearly enjoyed her job! Lots learned on a very interesting and informative 1hr tour! more »
It is so cool to go into underground Edinburgh. Not cheesey at all! So much history and good information. We really enjoyed it! more »
Absolutely loved this experience. The rich history and culture that's hiding under your nose in Edinburgh is outstanding. I'd recommend this tour to anyone interested in what Edinburgh has grown from. The tour was shorter than expected, distance wise, but was worth it all around. The group sizing and frequency was perfect, never felt cramped in the rooms and never caught up to another group. Beautiful establishment, wonderful hosts.
Fascinating tour of an atmospheric location. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and gave a highly engaging and informative tour. The Close itself was impressive to see and sits underneath the Exchange building. Tickets seemed a little expensive compared with some of the other attractions in Edinburgh, but The Real Mary King's Close is nevertheless well worth seeing for anyone interested in history.
Places to stay near The Real Mary King's Close
Plan your trip to Edinburgh
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in Edinburgh
View all >
Nearby attractions in Edinburgh
Plans to The Real Mary King's Close by other users
20 days in Ireland & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Europe BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, relaxing, beaches, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Europe BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, relaxing, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in England, Scotland & Ireland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Ireland & United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium