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Year: 2022

Dr Arnott and 17th-century medicine

19th Dec, 2022

Edinburgh has famously been a focal point of medical innovation and experimentation. Edinburgh medical school is the oldest in the English-speaking world and was at the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment. While many amazing discoveries and advancements came from Edinburgh, like everywhere, some ideas were slightly… strange! Many of the terrifying and “unusual” treatments were …

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Our Green Story

7th Dec, 2022

This is Our Green Story at The Real Mary King’s Close. We are passionate about sustainability. We strive to do the right thing for the environment, our communities, our guests and our team. Therefore, we have taken many actions to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage the protection of Scotland’s heritage. Sustainability We encourage our …

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Edinburgh’s Underground Hidden Gems

21st Nov, 2022

Edinburgh is an old city with a lot of history. But not everything in Auld Reekie is visible from the street level. A secret world exists underneath Edinburgh’s streets, and you can get a glimpse of Edinburgh’s underground if you know where to look. Below, we have listed some of the best subterranean attractions you …

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Things to do in Edinburgh in August 2022

29th Jul, 2022

August is a month filled with exciting cultural events in Edinburgh. The city is bustling with people and there is plenty to see and do. Here are our top things to do in Edinburgh in August 2022. Enjoy a show at the Fringe This year is the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe. For three …

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Gin in Edinburgh

14th Jul, 2022

Gin is an incredibly popular drink now, but the craze began in the 1700s. Delve into the fascinating history of gin in Edinburgh. The Arrival of Gin in Edinburgh Gin was imported through the docks of Leith. It was the closeness to the docks that helped the gin trade flourish because distilleries were usually close …

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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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