Scotland’s Yuletide Past tours

Step Back into Christmas Past

This December guests can expect a further chill in the air at The Real Mary King’s Close as they learn the shocking truth that until recent times, Christmas in the city was banned!

Mary King's Close sign with Christmas Holly

The attraction’s Scotland’s Yuletide Past tours will run from Sunday 18th December – Thursday 22nd December at 5:15pm.  Join a Victorian tour guide and travel back in time on the narrow underground closes and delve into the traditions of winters past. From the myths of festive faeries and spirits to how Christmas celebrations evolved into the cherished traditions of today, this tour offers a unique insight into how Scots celebrated (or perhaps didn’t celebrate) this festive time of year.

Christmas at the Close

Admission includes a pre-tour mulled wine and mince pie in The Royal Exchange Coffee House (served from 4:30pm) Open throughout the Christmas period*, guests can complement their visit with a stop off in the attraction’s seasonally dressed café. The Royal Exchange Coffee House is the place to warm up with a luxury latte or hot chocolate and enjoy traditional café favourites with a seasonal twist.

Guests looking for a unique gift for friends and family this Christmas will be sure to find something to treasure in our gift shop. From handmade Scottish decorations to humorous and unusual books, there is something to suit everyone! Savour a Taste of Scotland and choose from a range of organic craft chocolate from local chocolatiers, Chocolate Tree, pick up some shortbread or take home a bar of Mary King’s Close tablet, the perfect stocking filler for those with a sweet tooth! Gifts for Grown-Ups include Pickering’s and Edinburgh Gin miniatures and liqueurs as well as Paolozzi Beer Packs by the Edinburgh Beer Factory.

*The Real Mary King’s Close is open from 10am every day except Christmas day with tours running every 15 minutes and advance booking is recommended and this can be done online, by phone or in person at the attraction.