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The Real Mary King's Close

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“chris t”(662 reviews)
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Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned…until now. Visit Edinburgh's most famous Close, which makes...more
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High Street | 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

People in character costume of an era gone by taking you down into the Underground City that was. Tom (who was exceptionally informative) certainly knew his stuff, however his strong Scottish accent could be lost on those trying to understand what he is saying. I'm...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting lesson in Edinburgh’s history and worth a visit, would have been nice to have been able to have a look round some of the other streets and rooms as I got the feeling there was more to see than was actually on the guided...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Our guide Tom was great, he was informative and funny and kept everyone interested throughout the whole of the tour. The tour itself was interesting, I expected to see more of the streets below rather than the actual rooms in the houses and only the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’m glad we decided to go on this tour. We booked direct through them. There are a few tour operators but this is the real deal. The women that conducted the tour was very knowledgable and had lots of fun facts along with the serious...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely brilliant here! Fascinating history of Edinburgh. Our tour guide Paul was excellent very funny and made the tour even better. Well worth a visit!!!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It is some time since I last visited Mary King's Close and I was looking forward to a return visit. I remembered it as being historically informative and not pulling any punches as to the squalid conditions in which people lived in Edinburgh in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wasn't sure about this . But once down in the depths of old Edinburgh it was fantastic. Really interesting. Street's, houses and more below ground. The tour guides were on top form .very interesting. Creepy sometimes too. A must to see if you are in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was not on my list and friends told us about it at last minute. The castle was closed two days in a row due to wind. This was very informative about life years ago in Edinburgh. Even 28 year old loved it

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Short but sweet. It was good fun and fairly informative. The guide was a good laugh too. A good way to fill in 1 hour of your day in Edinburgh and something to tick off your list as a tourist.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 47adamh
Reviewed 2 days ago

this was one of the many trips recommended to us and did not dissappiont , you really do feel what is was like back then,our guide made it even better

Date of experience: February 2019
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7 February 2019|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
No photography allowed - something to do with it being under a government building. They do take a souvenir photo at the end though which you can buy from the shop.
10 November 2018|
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Response from PiperPenelope | Reviewed this property |
Hi, if you're prone to feeling claustrophobic I would suggest that as you move room to room you try to stay towards the door. Some rooms can get a little tight if you're wedged in the back and they do occasionally ask that... More
7 October 2018|
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Response from 228mauror | Reviewed this property |
There was some talk about a suffering ghost of a little girl in my tour, and some other ghosts that appear in the local. A kid may believe in this information. But probably if the kids dont get scared they will get bored, as... More
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