City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Real Mary King's Close


Real Mary King's Close
2 Warriston's Close,
Edinburgh EH1 1PG
Mary King's Close
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Old Town Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
08702 430160
Telephone (box office): 
08702 430160

Mary King's Close is a narrow and eerily well-preserved, Old Town close that was sealed off and built over, in 1753, on the site of Edinburgh City Chambers.

The Close was re-opened to the public in April 2003, and today commercial tour group The Real Mary King's Close take visitors on trips through the vaults, with its small houses and spaces, regaling them with ghost stories, character re-enactments, and tales of life in Edinburgh between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Recent research found that Mary King's Close consists of a number of underground Closes which would have originally been very narrow walkways with houses on either side stretching up to 7 storeys high.