The Real Mary King’s Close

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Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close opened in 2003 to the public as a Historic visitor attraction, takes you on a journey through time as they uncover streets and houses hidden beneath one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares.

Mary King’s Close is located under buildings on the Royal Mile in the Historic old Town area of Edinburgh. The name ‘Mary King’s Close’ takes its name from a Merchant Burgess who resided on the close in the 17th century.

During the 18th century the close was partially destroyed and buried due to the Royal Exchange being built.

The area became shrouded in myths and urban legends; tales of haunting’s and murders abounded.

The Guides who walk you through the one hour attraction are dressed in costume characters that one time were historical resident of the Close.

The Real Mary King’s Close is operated by Continuum Attractions. Continuum Attractions offers a host of cultural visitor attraction experiences across the UK.

Mary King's Close
The Exhibition Room, Photography by: The Real Mary King’a Close

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Since the early 17th century the Mary King’s Close has gained a reputation for haunting’s however several paranormal investigations have taken place and found that the rumors might be because of Bio-gas escaping into the close and making eerie lights, the gas can also cause hallucinations, but you never know until you experience the event for yourself.

Opening Hours


Monday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM


Admission prices

Group Type Price
Adult £14.95
Child (5 – 15 years) £8.95
Senior (60+) £12.95
Student (with valid student ID) £12.95
Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) £40.50

Due to safety reasons children under the age of 5 years old are not allowed in. For more details you can visit the official website:

The Maid Meets Mary King
Mary King’s Close Landscape; Photography by: The Real Mary King’a Close

Map Location

Address: 2 Warriston’s Cl, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK

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