Find out about Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Find out why this street finds itself underground 400 years later?

The Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets.

Meet the Guides

Your experience at The Real Mary King’s Close will be brought to life by one of our costumed character tour guides. Based on a one time resident or regular of Mary King’s Close, these guides will regale you with the fascinating tales of plague, pestilence, murder and intrigue.