Mary King’s Close is an award winning underground attraction located in the heart of the city on the Royal Mile and opposite St. Giles Cathedral. Tour Guides in period costumes guide visitors, through a confusing maze of streets and countless underground homes. The guides tell a story of the city which was ravaged by plague and famine in the 1600’s.
The term “Close” is used in Scotland to refer to the passage way or entrance shared generally by tenement houses which were very common in the Old Town in Edinburgh from the 15th century. Edinburgh’s Closes were usually named after the most notable resident on the close. Papers show that Mary King would have been a well known businesswoman in the 1630’s, trading in textiles as well as sewing for a living. It was considered highly out of the ordinary for any close to be named after a woman in those days, indicating Mary’s reputation in the town.
Please be advised, if you are afraid of the dark or confined spaces it would be best to avoid this tour. If you do decide to venture in to this wonderful attraction, flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
April – October
Monday to Sunday – 10.00 – 21.00 (last tour)
Sunday 9.30am – 6.30pm (last tour)
Monday to Thursday 9am – 5.30pm (last tour)
Friday & Saturday 9.30am – 9pm (last tour)
Sunday to Thursday 10am – 5pm (last tour)
Friday & Saturday 10am – 9pm (last tour)
- Adult £14.95
- Child (5 – 15 years) £8.95*
- Senior Citizen £12.95
- Student (ID required) £12.95
- Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) £40.50
- * not suitable for children under 5
More info can be found at the official site