Experience history through the eyes of the people who lived it. The Real Mary King’s Close is hidden beneath the characteristic and lively streets of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfare – The Royal Mile.
Step down onto the streets beneath The Royal Mile to travel back in time with one of The Close’s former residents…
Discover the real history of the people who lived, worked, and died here throughout the centuries.
Shrouded in myths and mysteries, The Real Mary King’s Close and its warren of streets, homes, and winding passageways offer a truly unique 5-star visitor experience…
“Gardyloo!” Hear the stories of The Real Mary King’s Close from one of the former residents who lived, worked and died there. From the richest of the rich, to the poorest of the poor, there is a wealth of knowledge waiting to be discovered from the people who knew the closes of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town best.
In 1645, Edinburgh experienced the worst outbreak of the plague in its history. Due to the crowded living conditions of the closes in the Old Town, sickness spread rapidly through the homes of its residents. Learn about the nature of the disease and the ordinary people who risked their lives to treat those who became infected.
Take a deeper dive into a key historical moment, community or industry on a special tour. Check our What’s On page to discover what’s happening now, or book a private experience separately. Expect to hear untold stories about real people who helped Edinburgh to thrive and innovate through the centuries.
Our 17th century house is not all that it seems. During a visit to The Real Mary King’s Close, a Japanese psychic named Aiko Gibo made contact with the spirit of a small child. Join our Standard 1-Hour Tour to discover the truth behind Annie’s Room, and why a mysterious pile of dolls grows there by the day.
Begin your tour from our Admissions Office on The Royal Mile. Then, descend into the underground to discover a warren of streets below. Your guide will lead you through over 400 years of history as you wander through former homes and shops that once brimmed with activity and trade. Find out who Mary King was, get under the skin of the plague and meet royal visitors…
Take a deeper dive into a key historical moment, community or industry on a special tour. Visit in March to join a Herstory Tour for Women’s History Month. In June, celebrate LGBTQIA+ community life in Edinburgh on a Pride History Tour.
Experience The Close after-dark on a Lantern Led Tour in October. Or, have a dram on one of our insightful whisky tours. Expect to hear untold stories about real people who helped Edinburgh to thrive and innovate through the centuries.
Check our What’s On page to discover what’s happening now, or book a private experience separately.
Step into the captivating past of Edinburgh in September with the return of our Special Tours. Delve into the intriguing stories that shaped the fascinating heritage of the city. Our True Crimes tour is SOLD OUT, but we still have limited availability for our Herstory Tour on Saturday 16th September and Pride History Tour on Saturday 30th September!
Dr Arnott trained at the Royal College for Physicians and Surgeons and specialised in internal medicine. His favourite method of diagnosis was to analyse his patients’ urine samples through their smell, colour and… TASTE.
Think you have what it takes to become one of his medical students? Join Dr Arnott’s Sampling Sensation experience today!