The Real Mary King's Close
Hidden deep beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret; a warren of hidden 'closes' or streets where people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned... until now. This award-winning underground attraction is a curious network of streets, town houses and rooms. Step back in time as you meet the characters from days gone by and enjoy stories of life on the Close from the perspective of a one-time resident.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Hearing loop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Oct, daily 10-9; Nov-Mar, Sun-Thu 10-5, Fri-Sat 10-9. Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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