There’s a lot to do while in Edinburgh. There’s shopping and castles and gardens and tours of pretty much everywhere, but if there’s one place you absolutely have to do a tour of, it’s The Real Mary King’s Close Tour.
Back when Edinburgh fit into a one square mile area in the 16th and 17th Centuries, there used to be hundreds of narrow streets called a Close leading off the Royal Mile. When the old parliament building was constructed, they just built on top, using the many closes below seemingly as foundations for the construction above.
The Read Mary King’s Close Tour takes you under the current city and into the the old streets beneath the Royal Mile.
If you ever watched the TV show or read the books Horrible Histories as a kid, you’re bound to find this tour absolutely fascinating. There are stories about the plague, murder, sewage and the upper/lower classes and how they were all crammed into the tiny areas known as a Close. Closes were generally also named after prominent people at the time, which you learn more about on the tour.
Our guide Andrew was in character and absolutely fantastic. He made many jokes along the way and was super knowledgeable.
They warn you at the beginning about claustrophobia or ask if you’re scared of the dark but none of the spaces are tight and the ceilings have all been heightened due to the building above so if you were worried, it doesn’t feel like a very enclosed space. Every effort seemed to have been made on this tour for historical accuracy and it was a very enjoyable and fascinating experience.
Would definitely recommend!
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