Real Mary King's Close Bookings

School groups and educational visits

School Tours

Choose The Real Mary King’s Close for your next school trip, and step down into Edinburgh’s hidden history. Learn about the real people who lived and worked on the streets now hidden beneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Follow in the footsteps of former residents on a one hour character guided tour, and experience over 400 years of history. From myths and legends, to the deadly plague epidemic, and a famous royal visitor – there’s a myriad of tales just waiting to be told.


  • A social history experience that links into the Curriculum of Excellence.
  • Free creative learning toolkit developed in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council.
  • One complimentary admission for every teacher accompanying 10 children/students.
  • Discounted and exclusive group pricing.
  • Complimentary familiarisation visit for teachers.
  • Option to include a workshop as an add-on to the tour (from September 2019 onwards).
  • Packed-lunches and extra character guide experiences available.

To arrange a visit, please contact Marta Coco:

Additional museum experience for School Groups

We have also teamed up with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and National Museum of Scotland to offer an additional experience.

After your visit to The Real Mary King’s Close, school groups can be guided to the museum of your choice, by your very own character tour guide based on a one time resident. All included in your standard admission price.

This opportunity is available for:

The National Museum of Scotland
Expand your students’ horizons and enrich classroom teaching with the help of the incredible collections and engaging programmes. If you would like to book this option, you can book your visit to the museum using this form.

The Museum of Edinburgh
This is the City’s treasure box – a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past.

The Writers Museum
The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three great Scottish writers – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Museum of Childhood
Young pupils can enjoy seeing this collection of national importance and compare their childhood to those that have gone before.

City Art Centre
Home to a nationally recognised collection of Scottish art and host to inspiring touring exhibitions.

The People’s Story Museum
Explore the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today.

For enquiries, bookings and prices, please contact Marta Coco at or call +44 (0)131 225 0675.

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The Real Mary King's Close
2 Warriston's Close
High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1PG 0131 225 0672
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