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Year: 2022

Things To Do in Edinburgh in July 2022

29th Jun, 2022

It’s the peak of summer! There are loads of exciting things to do in Edinburgh in July 2022, from climbing one of Edinburgh’s hills to a unique tour and gin tasting experience. Climb Calton Hill Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh’s seven hills and a favourite of locals and tourists. It has incredible views of …

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Pride Month: Meet Robert Fergusson and Sophia Jex-Blake

10th Jun, 2022

This June we are celebrating Pride Month. You can hear the real stories of Edinburgh’s former residents, in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland. Here is an introduction to Robert Fergusson and Sophia Jex-Blake, who you will meet on our Pride History tours. Robert Fergusson Born in Edinburgh in 1750, the poet inspired the work of …

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5 Things to do in Edinburgh in June 2022

31st May, 2022

Summer is finally here (even if the weather doesn’t feel like it sometimes). There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh in June 2022, from learning about LGBTQIA+ history to admiring incredible views of the city. Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this June by exploring a palace with historical and …

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Mary Queen of Scots married the Earl of Bothwell: on this day in 1567

13th May, 2022

On the 15th of May 1567 was a turning point in Scottish history. Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell. It led to a series of events that would bring the Queen to one of the closes now part of The Real Mary King’s Close. Mary’s First Marriage Mary …

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5 Things to do in Edinburgh in May

29th Apr, 2022

There is always plenty to see and do in Edinburgh. As the weather improves ahead of summer, May is the perfect time to explore the city. From peaceful spots away from the crowds to special events at The Real Mary King’s Close, there are many exciting things to do in Edinburgh. Admire the Royal Botanic …

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The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Edinburgh

2nd Mar, 2022

Picture: Wikimedia Commons The Women’s Suffrage Movement was the campaign for women to have the right to vote. The campaign started after the rejection of an amendment to the Parliamentary Reform Act that John Stuart Mill MP proposed in 1867. Women’s suffrage societies established across the U.K, including Edinburgh. This women’s history month, explore this …

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The Edinburgh Seven

2nd Mar, 2022

The Edinburgh Seven brought nationwide attention to the campaign for women to be able to attend university. They were the first female matriculated undergraduate students at a British university. The Edinburgh Seven was formed of: Sophia Jex-Blake, Isabel Thorne, Edith Pechley, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Mary Anderson and Emily Bovell. In 1869 they started studying …

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Edinburgh’s Storytellers: The City’s Legacy In Literature

8th Feb, 2022

Edinburgh and Scotland have a rich literary history. 2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, dedicated to celebrating stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland. Some of the world’s best storytellers have connections to Edinburgh and the city has inspired bestselling novels, sometimes including mentions of The Real Mary King’s Close. Edinburgh’s Storytellers: Authors of …

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Burns Night: History and Traditions

8th Jan, 2022

Every January, Scotland celebrates one of the most famous people from the country’s history: Robert Burns. As Burns Night approaches it’s the perfect time to learn about why and how the day’s celebrated. You can even learn an interesting connection to The Real Mary King’s Close.   Who was Robert Burns? Robert Burns (a.k.a Rabbie …

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