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

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    What to Expect
    Make your own way to the entrance of The Real Mary King’s Close, located on the iconic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and present your pre-paid voucher to a courteous member of staff. Descend to the atmospheric tangle of underground streets with your costumed character guide and embark on a journey into the heart of Edinburgh’s rich history.

    Discover captivating myths and legends surrounding the subterranean close as you spend 60 minutes exploring the darkened streets. Gain fascinating insight into the rich and poor residents that lived in the close and allow your guide to conjure the vibrant atmosphere that used to permeate the area.

    After your tour, revitalize with authentic Scottish snacks in the Royal Exchange Coffee House (own expense) and then peruse the gift shop for unique souvenirs representative of Scotland culture and history.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Real Mary Kings Close, 2 Warriston's Close, Edinburgh EH3 5LG, UK
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews chris t underground street interesting tour living conditions happy to answer any questions back in the day tour today fantastic job scottish accent royal mile ghost stories plague history edinburgh amelia character drama
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    Reviewed today via mobile

    16.50 to enter this place ...with a guide to see an old alley way and a scare from a brush handle for the price of your on a budget weekend skip it ... Bit pricey

    Thank 946alanf
    Reviewed yesterday

    Catherine, our guide, did an amazing job describing the lives of the people living in Mary King's Close with clarity and genuine passion and interest. Not too long, not too short: just right! Our group thoroughly enjoyed it:) Strongly recommended (I rarely post reviews)!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Felicity B
    Reviewed yesterday

    Really interesting and great guide. A part of Edinburgh that could have been lost forever. Small group and plenty of information told in a personal and dramatic way

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Ninasandra
    Reviewed yesterday

    It was a real interesting visit and history knowledge about the the Mary Kings Close. Our guide was one of the best guides ever, thank you!!! 😘

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Marco Paulo Pin... S
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This was a really good tour I thought it was going to be overcrowded and rushed because of the festival but it wasn't, it was very professional and the guide was great.Really enjoyed this and well worth the worth the money..

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Katrina F
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    19 August 2019|
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    Response from djdany007 | Reviewed this property |
    I agree, maybe the time you selected was al most full. There were way more than 6 on our tour.
    Clare T
    7 July 2019|
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    Response from AMD7777 | Reviewed this property |
    It needs to be pre-booked either online or in the office they have there. They’ll have everyone’s names on paper before the tour starts. I’m not sure how far in advance they need, but the website is user friendly.
    14 June 2019|
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    Response from Bill D | Reviewed this property |
    Yes i think about 34 stairs from the ground to the start of the tour and inclines etc dont forget this was built years and years ago and built on top of. Not suitable for wheel chairs or prams etc
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