Get ready for your tour

Here you can find all the information you need to plan your visit to The Real Mary King’s Close. Remember that we can only admit a limited amount of visitors per tour so we recommend pre-booking your ticket if you wish to be guaranteed your preferred time. We are also a complex and unusual site so you may wish to familiarise yourself with our facilities prior to your visit.

The Experience

What to expect from your visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

Opening Times & prices

Open seven days a week from 10am. Tours are frequent, taking place every 15 minutes. Your experience will last one hour and we do ask that visitors arrive 10 minutes prior to their tour so that the tour can leave on time. We recommend that you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

How to find us

The Real Mary King’s Close, given its underground nature, can be a little difficult to find! Look out for us on The Royal Mile, next door to the City Chambers, opposite St Giles' Cathedral.


The Real Mary King’s Close is a unique historic underground site with uneven surfaces and stairs. We aim to enable as many visitors as possible to enjoy the experience of visiting but there are limitations.

Visiting Edinburgh

What else will you discover? Here is what we suggest to give you a fantastic opportunity to explore the city's history and heritage as well as our sister attractions.


There are many questions surrounding The Real Mary King’s Close. Find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked here.

Tours En Espanol

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