About-the-Close (1)What is The Real Mary King’s Close

Opened in 2003, The Real Mary King’s Close is an award-winning five star attraction located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one of our social history tours our guests can experience this unique warren of hidden streets and discover its secrets. Find out more about the experience here. Find out more about the experience here.

Who runs The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is operated by Continuum Attractions. Continuum Attractions is the leading operator of cultural heritage experiences in the UK and currently manages an award winning portfolio of visitor attractions including the Emmerdale Studio Experience and York’s Chocolate Story.

The History of 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.  Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die.  Research and archaeological evidence have revealed a truer story, rooted in fact and – as is so often the case – more fascinating than any amount of fiction.

On a visit to The Real Mary King’s Close, accompanied by a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, you will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating stories. Book online now