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Edinburgh’s Dark History: Mercat Cross

12th Jul, 2024

The Gathering at Mercat Cross At the top of Mary King’s Close lay the historic Mercat Cross, a crucial meeting point for the 17th-century residents. Here, news was exchanged, business deals were struck, and the dark side of justice was brutally displayed. The cries of the tortured echoed through the narrow streets, as punishment was …


We are Britain’s Best Visitor Attraction

26th Jun, 2024

The Real Mary King’s Close has been revealed as the UK’s favourite tourist attraction in this year’s Tripadvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards – Best of the Best for 2024, highlighting the top attractions to visit in the UK and internationally. The highest level of Tripadvisor’s awards, the Best of the Best winners are among the top …


Plan a trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh

29th May, 2024

How to plan a trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh: When visiting Scotland, if you’re planning on making the 170-mile journey from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, you’re not alone, as every year thousands of tourists travel from the historical capital to the stunning Scottish Highlands, and the mysterious Loch Ness. With so much to experience, …


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 …


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 …

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