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The Real Mary King’s Close is a truly unique place to visit, and our AR souvenir guidebook captures the most exciting parts of its history and development with a new, innovative augmented reality feature you can enjoy in your own home.
Our beautifully designed, full-colour book builds on the stories you experience on your visit, delving deeper into the stories of Old Edinburgh. Relive the story of Mary King and discover more about other residents of Mary King’s Close. From ‘the pest’ of the 1600s, to how its former residents lived through the Second World War.
The guide also provides a plan of the site around The Real Mary King’s Close, a timeline of important events and a helpful glossary of Scottish terms.
39 jam-packed pages with curated historical research about Edinburgh’s Old Town and The Real Mary King’s Close
Innovative new hologram technology bringing five characters from Edinburgh’s history back to life… wherever you are
Bring back the dead. Hear about what it meant to be a burgess from the namesake of The Close, Mary King herself, or find out what it was really like working as a tanner in the Old Town from the craftsman Patrick Byrne
Bring Edinburgh’s past residents back to life at the touch of a button. Scan the QR code on your smartphone or tablet and one of the past inhabitants of Mary King’s Close will tell you an enthralling tale about their life. A tourism industry first, our AR souvenir guidebook will leave the whole family in awe.