The Real Mary King's Close

Beneath the royal mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret- a warren of hidden closes where real people lived, worked and died in bygone centuries.


Mary King’s Close consists of a number of closes or narrow streets with houses on both sides, up to seven storeys high. In 1753, the Edinburgh Council decided to design a new building on this site, the Royal Exchange (which is now now the City Chambers). The houses at the High Street of the closes were demolished and part of the lower sections were kept and used as the foundations for the new Royal Exchange. The remnants of the closes were left under the building, dark and ancient dwellings steeped with mystery.



During your tour of The Real Mary King's Close, you will experience the highs and the lows of sixteenth- century living, learn the truth about how the Edinburgh Council dealt with the plague epidemic of 1644- 1646 and see some of the best examples of seventeenth- century housing in Scotland. you can look inside the sawmaker's workshop as you walk centuries- old footsteps along Mary's King's Close; keep a look out as you may catch a glimpse of the ghost of Mary King herself.



Returning to modern day, our gift shop offers a full ange of historic and Edinburgh souvenirs, including books about Edinburgh's history, replica 17th-century jewellery and glassware and souvenir prints of Mary King's Close.







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