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Education Groups

Step out of the classroom and onto The Close…

Shrouded in myths and mysteries, The Close and its warren of streets, homes, and passageways offer a truly unique 5-star visitor experience for all education groups. Unlock the secrets of Edinburgh’s only preserved 17th-century street, wander through a labyrinth of Old Town alleyways, avoid the cry of “Gardyloo!”, and discover the stories of the people who lived, worked, and died here.


2024 Price

Group Child (5-15) 13.75*
Group Student / Adult (15+) 18.95*

*Rates are only valid in 2024 and are subject to change.

*The rates above are valid for groups of 15 people minimum.

*All Group prices are only available during our off-peak times. During peak times, public rates will be charged.

Group Size

Up to 18 students per tour (+2 teachers). Tours run every 15 minutes. For larger groups, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can best accommodate you. One adult is admitted for free with every 10 children. Free familiarisation visits are available for group organisers.

Terms and conditions

Our capacity is 20 guests per tour. We require a minimum x1 adult to go down for every 10 pupils (1:6 for 5-12s), and 1 additional adult to be available above ground in the case of an under 18 having to leave the tour early. The Real Mary Kings Close does not take responsibility for anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Plan your visit:

  • 1-hour-long experience of The Real Mary King’s Close led by a character guide (per tour).
  • Arrive at least 15-minutes before departure time.
  • Spend time in the Burgh Courtroom Gift Shop and Coffee House, the departure point for your tour.
  • Need somewhere to eat lunch? The meeting room space can be booked for up to 1 hour if available on the day of your tour for for £50.


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