Industry leaders gather to mark important milestone

On the evening of Thursday 17th September, industry leaders from across the tourism sector gathered to celebrate the completion of the £500,000 redevelopment project at The Real Mary King’s Close.

Craig Miller, General Manager of The Real Mary Kings Close, Juliana Delaney, CEO of Continuum Attractions, Councillor Angela Blacklock, Andrew Kerr (Chief Exec of Edinburgh Council) and Kevin Smith, Attractions Director at Continuum AttractionsEsteemed guests and speakers included Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council and Bailie Angela Blacklock alongside representatives from Historic Scotland, VisitScotland and Marketing Edinburgh.

The six-figure investment into The Real Mary King’s Close by operator Continuum Attractions is the largest investment into one of its established attractions to date.

The project has seen the 5* attraction transform with the reinstatement of doorways on the Royal Mile, creating an on-street presence, a new welcome and exhibition area as well as the creation of an internal 40-seat café, The Royal Exchange Coffee House.

Juliana Delaney, Chief Executive of Continuum Attractions commented: “It’s been a pleasure to welcome partners from the City Council and colleagues from the industry this evening to mark a new quality level of guest service for The Real Mary King’s Close. We are pleased to have the continued support of the City of Edinburgh Council; delivering their original goal of adding yet another world class attraction to the portfolio and a revenue stream.”

Guests gathered to enjoy canapés freshly made by the attraction’s new café team whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the historic former Burgh Courtroom. This will also function as an event space.


The Real Mary King’s Close is operated by Continuum Attractions. Now celebrating its 31st year, Continuum Attractions boasts a nationwide portfolio of popular and commercially successful cultural visitor attractions. Continuum’s seven attractions collectively welcome over one million visitors a year.

For further media information, please contact:
Jessica Rideout – PR Executive The Real Mary King’s Close
Tel: 0131 225 0673 or email

2015 investments to include the following:

  • New visitor entrance on Royal Mile and welcome area
  • New café
  • New bathroom facilities
  • Upgraded tour experience
  • New exhibition area