The Real Mary King's Close

Price guide: Mid-range

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Price guide: Mid-range

The ancient entrance to The Close
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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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Expert overall rating:5.0 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of The Real Mary King's Close

Ancient street underneath The Royal Mile, opened to the public after hundreds of years.

The Real Mary King's Close is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, there are haunted houses in every fairground from here to Timbuktu...but this is the real thing.

Price advice: 

Adults £11.50, children £6 (see below for age advice).

Expert tips: 
Book ahead in the high season as it is very popular attraction.
If you don't like enclosed space this may not be for you.
I would say most kids under eight may find it frightening, though the stipulations is no-one under the age of five.

More information on The Real Mary King's Close:

Price guide:
Historic site, Natural wonder, Neighbourhood / street
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
0845 070 6244
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tours every 20 minutes. Mar-Oct Mon-Sun 10am-last tour 9pm; Nov-Mar Sun-Thurs 10-last tour 5pm, Fri-Sat last tour 9pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Have you been to The Real Mary King's Close? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Amazingly well preserved under the present day Old Town, this remnant of Edinburgh's early streets shows how crowded and claustrophobic the medieval city must have been. Curiously some of the business premises were still occupied only 100 years ago.