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Edinburgh’s fascinating history reads like a true-crime novel. But its real stories are better than fiction – twists and turns at every corner, remarkable characters, and gut-wrenching realities of a cruel life.
The Real Mary King’s Close, a 5-star attraction, sits right at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. It was once a bustling city centre street open to the skies with towering buildings up to 10 stories high to either side. All classes were living together in close proximity.
When the Edinburgh Council instructed the construction of an indoor market place, The Royal Exchange, in 1753, Mary King’s Close and three other nearby streets were covered up. Most residents on Mary King’s Close had to leave their dwellings, and life on The Close became a lot quieter…
Lucky for the generations to come, the covered-up spaces have been preserved perfectly until this day. This gives our visitors an enthralling insight into what life would have been like in Edinburgh’s capital way before our time.
Journey back in time with The Real Mary King’s Close on its first-ever virtual tour.
Discover its breath-taking myriad of spaces and let our expert guides show you what makes this site truly unique.
Visit a former cow-shed, a 17-century household, a room used in the First and Second World War and many, many more spaces.
Throughout the 1-hour live broadcast, our knowledgeable guides will share their acclaimed expertise and interesting findings from their research. The chat function will be available to engage with fellow history buffs and ask any questions you might have.
Get your ticket for the virtual tour at The Real Mary King’s Close now as they might sell out in advance.
Pay close attention during the broadcast, answer all questions of our quiz correctly and you could be in the chance of winning one free Family Ticket to visit The Close once we reopen or one free ticket for the next virtual event (for guests who can’t travel to see us). The link to the quiz will be shared together with your access details.
Give Up Close and Personal: The Virtual Tour as a gift! Just make sure your giftee is free on 9th April, leave a note on your booking with your giftee’s email address, and then download or print our stunning gift certificate.
When: Friday, 9th April 2021
Time: 19.00-20.00 GMT
Price: £12.00 per log-in
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We will share details and instructions for access with participants 2h before the event. Please note that the event is not a paranormal investigation, but a virtual tour. The event is suitable for ages, but slightly upsetting themes such as the plague epidemic will be discussed. Please make sure your devices and internet connection are sufficient for the live stream. More information on the requirements here.