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1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

The Real Mary King's Close

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Discover Edinburgh's hidden history on a 1 hour underground guided tour at The Real Mary King's Close. Tours run everyday and depart every 15 minutes. With a costumed character tour guide, uncover the true story of how a network of Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. A top quality visitor attraction, allowing you to see for yourself what daily life was like in the 17th Century for both rich and poor. The maximum tour capacity is 20 people so this is an intimate and personal experience.

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Stop At: The Real Mary King's Close, High Street, 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1PG Scotland

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Uncover the true story of how a network of Edinburgh's Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Mary King's Close was once one of the busiest, liveliest streets in 17th-Century Edinburgh. So how did such an important thoroughfare end up sealed off from the world for nearly 400 years?

With your character guide, explore the warren of now underground streets and houses. See for yourself what daily life was like, for both rich and poor. What's the truth behind the myths and legends surrounding Mary King's Close and its residents? Discover how disease and the demands of a growing city conspired to seal the Close's fate forever.

Starting in the exhibition space your tour guide will welcome you to Mary King's Close. You will then spend 1 hour exploring the now underground streets and rooms and hear the stories of the people who lived, worked and died here.

End your visit with a stop in the shop and cafe. The cafe, The Royal Exchange Coffee House, is open daily from 9am and offers authentic Scottish produce for all the family. Warm up with a hearty soup or relax and enjoy a tea and scone in the unique setting of the Burgh Courtroom (own expense). The shop offers all things Mary King's, from plague and pestilence souvenirs to high quality authentic Scottish gifts, there will be something memorable to take home (own expense).

Choose your preferred time slot: pick either a morning, afternoon or evening tour and you will then receive an exact allocated tour time within this period after booking.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tours depart every 15 minutes: you will be required to pick your preferred time
  • Please request a language audio guide at the time of booking to reserve
  • It's very important that you arrive in time for your allocated departure time as per the confirmation after booking: customers will not be admitted onto any other tour time
  • Due to uneven surfaces, steep inclines and low level lighting, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Children aged 4 and under are not permitted on the tour
  • No photography is permitted during the tour
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Professional guide
  • Guide book (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Real Mary King's Close

  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

1 hour

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the The Real Mary King's Close in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.