Pride History Tours – FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS in JUNE

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Access For All

We aim to enable as many visitors as possible to enjoy the unique experience of visiting The Real Mary King’s Close. 

For information on accessibility at The Real Mary King’s Close, please take a peek at our access guide.

Due to the historic nature and layout of the site, as well as to protect the health and safety of all of our guests, we would like to make you aware of the following:

  • Guests can view a model of the Close in our free exhibition.
  • Our knowledgeable team is always on hand to answer any questions, and to explain the site in more detail.
  • We have free multi-language audio guides available. If you require audio guides in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin, click here. If you require audio guides in Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and Hungarian, click here.
  • A copy of our script is available for guests with hearing impairment needs. To reserve an e-reader, please email
  • There is free admission for carers when accompanying visitors with disabilities. Tickets are not available via our website at the moment. Click here to see the accepted forms of ID for a carer’s ticket.

Approach To The Building

  • From the street to the main entrance, there is level access. The Royal Mile is sloped, but fairly level at the main door into the attraction.
  • The only way to access The Close is via 38 steps leading from the admissions area and exhibition to the rest of the site. Our café, shop, and toilets can also be accessed via the Warriston’s Close entrance to the attraction.

The Tour

  • There are a total of 58 steps to be descended and 38 ascended as part of the tour. There is no lift access unfortunately.
  • The character-led experience lasts approximately one hour.
  • There is a minimum age limit of 5 for the tour, and children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines, sturdy footwear is recommended.
  • Many areas are dimly lit, and some guests may experience disorientation or claustrophobia.
  • Guides are equipped with radios. If you need to leave the tour at any stage, your guide will arrange for a member of the team to take you back upstairs.
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