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The Real Mary King’s Close Blog

The Real Mary King’s Close Blog is where you can gain a deeper understanding of Scotland’s turbulent history and beyond. Read fascinating tales, researched by our team, and find out more about our newest tours, collaborations, charity efforts and special events. 


Interview with Ross MacRae

12th Apr, 2024

Ross MacRae is a talented Edinburgh-based artist we’ve been working with at The Real Mary King’s Close for years. Back in 2012, he designed and painted a mural in our corridor. Recently, we refurbished our gift shop, and Ross came back to create a new mural that matches our new look. He’s also behind the …


Iconic Mary King’s Close Residents’ Forgotten Gravestone Restored by Volunteers

2nd Apr, 2024

Blog article written by the Friends of Dalry Cemetery  Janet and David Chesney, the last residents of Mary King’s Close, now have their gravestone restored to its former glory thanks to dedicated volunteers.   Located in Dalry Cemetery, within the Gorgie/Dalry area of the city, the Chesneys’ burial site fell into disrepair following the closure …


New immersive holiday!

29th Mar, 2024

A new immersive holiday launches at The Real Mary King’s Close Gardyloo! Live like a local in 17th century Edinburgh with a stay that sees technology taken away, a visit from the Plague Doctor, and a bucket for a toilet. History lovers now have the chance to live like a 17th century Edinburgh local, with …


What’s On in Edinburgh this Spring?

28th Mar, 2024

What’s On in Edinburgh this Spring: Top 5 Must-See Events What’s on in Edinburgh this Spring? Well, as the dark days of Scottish winter fade away, Edinburgh blooms with an array of exciting events for the spring season. From outdoor markets to cultural celebrations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our top five …


The Evolution of Midwifery

26th Mar, 2024

Learn About Midwifery in the 17th Century Midwifery in the 17th century was a common occupation for the women of Edinburgh. Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life stood figures who played pivotal roles in shaping the course of childbirth and women’s health.  Meet Ms Mills Ms Mills resided on Kinloch Close, just a …

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