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STEP DOWN INTO EDINBURGH'S HIDDEN
HISTORY

Journey Back In Time

Imagine a warren of streets frozen in time, where centuries of stories are just waiting to be told. Discover authentic truths about Edinburgh's dark past, and find out what it was really like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close.

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Dr Arnott’s Sampling Sensation

This December,  uncover the secrets of 17th-century medicine with a hands-on workshop led by an expert from his time: Dr Arnott. Examine his patients using his favourite method: analyse urine’s colour, smell, and… TASTE!
ALL your senses will be required as you examine patients’ samples and create your own herbal cure.

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Free Audio Guides

If you require translation, we offer free audio guides via our mobile app in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. To find out more click here.

We also have audio guides available in Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and Hungarian, however, they have to be requested in advance and are subject to availability. To book, please contact us.

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Book a Private Tour

Enjoy your very own Private Tour of The Real Mary King’s Close for you and up to 17 additional guests. Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, your guests will go on a journey through time on these now hidden streets where they will uncover some of the city’s deepest secrets. 

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We Are Good To Go!

We are ‘Good to Go’ accredited and are following government guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all. You can find out more about the measures we have put in place by reading our Know Before You Go guidelines.

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Meet The Residents

Experience over 400 years of history, and discover the stories of your character guide. From myths and legends, to the deadly plague epidemic, and a famous royal visitor – there’s a myriad of tales just waiting to be told on this one hour guided tour.

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Find Us On The Royal Mile

A ten minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, across from the magnificent St Giles Cathedral.

Use postcode: EH1 1PG

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Gift Shop

Expect an abundance of quirky, and locally sourced gifts. Some handmade by our creative team, others a showcase of Scotland’s best produce and craftsmanship.

Coffee House

The unique setting of Edinburgh’s historic Burgh Courtroom is home to The Royal Exchange Coffee house. Taste the locally Brodies coffee or stop for a nourishing snack.

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"Brilliant tour for me and my 11 year old grandson, as part of our long weekend in Edinburgh. Katie L, our talented and well rehearsed guide made history come alive for us. Just the right blend of scariness and historical facts. We loved it!" 431sheenab, on TripAdvisor, October 2022
"We had Erin as our tour guide and she was great. Erin had a magical way of story telling and was humourous and warm. This was by far the best attraction for us in Edinburgh this time and taught us so much about the real history of Edinburgh. Absolutely amazing and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh" AFJPaul, on TripAdvisor, October 2022
Fantastic tour with Euan, really knowledgeable and entertaining! We had a great time, would really recommend!! 945GrahamM, on TripAdvisor, October 2022
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