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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. 


Our listed Burgh Courtroom has been renovated!

10th Jan, 2024

Renovation work costing £200,000 has transformed our Burgh Courtroom into an impressive new retail experience on the Royal Mile. Following a complete redesign, the new space allows the original assets of the courtroom to stand out. All thanks to interior specialists, Lumsden Design. The layout of the newly curated gift shop takes inspiration from Edinburgh’s …


Join us at The Real Mary King’s Close for Burns Night!

9th Jan, 2024

Burns Night 2024 is being celebrated at The Real Mary King’s Close on the 25th, 26th and 27th of January.  Book our Edinburgh Burns Night experience today. O Whisky! soul o’ plays and pranks!  Accept a Bardie’s gratefu’ thanks! When wanting thee, what tuneless cranks Are my poor verses! Did you know that Robert Burns …


Hogmanay – What is it?

29th Dec, 2023

Hogmanay is the most important day of the year in Scotland. Please note that our opening hours will be 10am to 7pm on Sunday 31st December. Or at least, it used to be. Today, many Scots are more likely to celebrate Christmas over and above Hogmanay (a Scottish name for New Year’s Eve). However, that …


A Short History of Christmas in Scotland

12th Dec, 2023

Christmas in Scotland – Why the Scots didn’t celebrate Christmas for over 400 years… The celebration of Christmas in Scotland is a surprisingly recent phenomenon. With just one week to go until Christmas, let’s take a stroll down Mary King’s Close to uncover how celebrations surrounding the festive season changed over time. Before the Reformation …


A History Workshop at The Royal Hospital for Children & Young People

21st Nov, 2023

The Real Mary King’s Close participated in Historical Engagement Week on Tuesday 14th November. Three Tour Guides from The Real Mary King’s Close supported the initiative organised by The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC). This is the only charity in the country solely dedicated to supporting NHS Lothian children’s services. During the event, the guides …

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