We are delighted to be celebrating a major milestone – 2017-18 saw us welcome 250,000 guests; making it the busiest year yet for The Real Mary King’s Close. Originally budgeted to achieve just 60,000 visitors per year, we have far surpassed expectations, which is demonstrated by an 11% growth year on year. Since opening in 2003, over two and a half million people have walked in the footsteps of Mary King and the Closes’ other residents, discovering the real history of its uniquely preserved streets and spaces.
Our social history tour has benefited from substantial investment over the years, including the addition of an entrance on the Royal Mile in 2015, and numerous upgrades to the tour route – offering a greater experience to our guests from all over the world.
Juliana Delaney, CEO of Continuum Attractions, said: “The ongoing success of The Real Mary King’s Close demonstrates the ‘power of the magic of the real’. Real people and real stories in a memorable place, wrapped in great service. I commend the work of the fantastic team at the attraction, as well as that of our industry partners, for taking The Real Mary King’s Close from strength to strength.”
Craig Miller, General Manager, The Real Mary King’s Close, said: “Welcoming our 250,000th guest was a huge achievement for the team here at TRMKC. As the attraction continues to develop, this year will see us launch some exciting new experiences. We’re planning for more growth, and attracting even more guests from around the world.”
To mark the occasion we treated three lucky visitors to a free tour of our top visitor attraction, goody bags, and a bottle of bubbly.