Enjoy your very own Private Tour of The Real Mary King’s Close. You and your guests will go on a journey through time on these now-hidden streets. Scroll down to discover all our available tour options.
If your group totals a higher amount than the capacity we can provide per tour, you must book an additional private tour.
Follow one of Edinburgh’s past residents in underground alleyways and discover the stories of the people who lived, worked and died on these streets.
Enjoy a truly unique Edinburgh whisky experience underneath the Royal Mile.
Discover the secrets of Edinburgh’s illicit stills and explore over 400 years of whisky production in Scotland.
Become a nosing expert while you try two specially selected single-malt Scottish whiskies.
Meet some of the remarkable women who shaped Edinburgh’s history and hear their real stories. Discover why Mary King’s Close was once “a haven for independent women” and how Mary King herself obtained voting rights 300 years ahead of her time. During your tour, you will meet Jonet Nimmo, Mary King and Janet Chesney.
Reveal the hidden histories of LGBT community life in Edinburgh from as far back as 1546 until 1912. Get to meet Robert Fergusson, the famous Scottish poet, Sophia Jex Blake and Dr James Barry as they tell your their stories.
Discover the crimes that were committed on Mary King’s Close and surrounding closes. You will explore Edinburgh’s darker tales including the infamous Burke and Hare, the witch trials and many more.
Explore The Close in a completely new light. Meet your favourite residents and historical characters such as the mysterious plague doctor John Paulitious, renowned poet Robert Fergusson, wealthy ‘merchant prince’ Steven Boyd, or mother of The Close’s last resident Janet Chesney. Hear their fascinating real stories and roam the previously closed-off hidden streets and rooms on your own terms.
From speciality themed tours, to canapes, fizz – and more – tell us your idea and we’ll do all we can to make it happen.