How to find us

The Real Mary King’s Close, given its underground nature, can be a little difficult to find! Our entrance is situated directly on the Royal Mile, find us opposite the Mercat Cross and St Giles’ Cathedral. 

These directions should help and there is a map below for you too!

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By Rail

From Waverley Railway Station: Make your way to Waverley Bridge and walk along until you reach a junction with a mini-roundabout, cross onto Cockburn Street. Walk up for a short period until you reach the foot of Warriston’s Close which is on your right. This Close has over 100 steps to the top! We are positioned at the top of this staircase to the left.

An alternative route that avoids stairs is to continue up Cockburn Street, until you meet the junction with the Royal Mile. Take a right turn and walk up the Royal Mile until you arrive at The Real Mary King’s Close on your right. (Opposite St Giles Cathedral).

By Bus

Lothian Buses offer excellent services to all parts of the city. If you intend travelling to us by bus, then you should choose services that include High Street / Bridges in their destination lists.

By Taxi Cab

There are a range of taxi companies in Edinburgh, if you decide to visit us by taxi please ask the driver for “Mary King’s Close, opposite St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile”. Please note that access to the Royal Mile is limited.

By Car

Parking spaces are very limited in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The nearest car parks are: Niddry Street (beneath the SAS Radisson Hotel) or Castle Terrace and charges will apply.

By Bicycle

Edinburgh has an extensive cycle route network.  Follow the signs for Old Town / High Street.  We have cycle racks immediately outside our entrance, although any belongings left here are at the owners’ risk.