The Real Mary King’s Close

Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close opened in 2003 to the public as a Historic visitor attraction, takes you on a journey through time as they uncover streets and houses hidden beneath one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares.

Mary King’s Close is located under buildings on the Royal Mile in the Historic old Town area of Edinburgh. The name ‘Mary King’s Close’ takes its name from a Merchant Burgess who resided on the close in the 17th century.

During the 18th century the close was partially destroyed and buried due to the Royal Exchange being built.

The area became shrouded in myths and urban legends; tales of haunting’s and murders abounded.

The Guides who walk you through the one hour attraction are dressed in costume characters that one time were historical resident of the Close.

The Real Mary King’s Close is operated by Continuum Attractions. Continuum Attractions offers a host of cultural visitor attraction experiences across the UK.

Mary King's Close
The Exhibition Room, Photography by: The Real Mary King’a Close

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Since the early 17th century the Mary King’s Close has gained a reputation for haunting’s however several paranormal investigations have taken place and found that the rumors might be because of Bio-gas escaping into the close and making eerie lights, the gas can also cause hallucinations, but you never know until you experience the event for yourself.

Opening Hours

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Monday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM

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Admission prices

Group Type Price
Adult £14.95
Child (5 – 15 years) £8.95
Senior (60+) £12.95
Student (with valid student ID) £12.95
Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) £40.50

Due to safety reasons children under the age of 5 years old are not allowed in. For more details you can visit the official website: realmarykingsclose.com

The Maid Meets Mary King
Mary King’s Close Landscape; Photography by: The Real Mary King’a Close

Map Location

Address: 2 Warriston’s Cl, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK

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The Scotch Whisky Experience

the Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience was first created in July 1987 by 19 individual scotch whisky companies, who invested to create the Scotch whiskey Experience. located on Castlehill in old town Edinburgh.

The centre offers tours and whiskey tutoring session with a shop, corporate spaces, Restaurant and Whisky Bar.

In 2008 The Whiskey Experience became home to the Worlds Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, The collection was built up over 35 years by Claive Vidiz, you can find 3,384 Bottles within his collection.

The collection is now stored in a specially designed glass and marble vault, which was opened by Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, in May 2009.

In 2012 the attraction went on to have a major refurbishment, giving it a brand new look and features, some of the features include interactive tasting map and touch screen distillery guide.

The International Spirits Challenge was held in the venue for the first time and now it’s home to the world’s largest bottle of single malt Whisky.

Six years and £7 Million pound refurbishment finished in 2015 and a building corporate space was also updated.

Edinburgh The Scotch Whisky Experience

Tour Experiences

The Experience offers different Tours such as:

  • The Gold Tour
  • Morning Masterclass
  • The Platinum Tour
  • The Taste Of Scotland
  • The Silver Tour
  • Educational Tours

You can find out more information about each tour on their website: whiskyexperience

The Scotch Whisky Experience offer to enjoy the experience in 15 different Languages: Gaelic, English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Hindi, Russian, Japanese.

Edinburgh The Scotch Whisky Experience

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Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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The Scotch Whisky Experience Awards:

  • Scottish Tourist Board (VisitScotland) – 5* Visitor Attraction
  • Distillery Experience Awards – ‘Best Educational Experience’ – Winner 2014
  • British Travel Awards – ‘Best Leisure Attraction’ – Bronze Medal 2014
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme – Silver
  • Icons of Whisky – ‘Best Whisky Attraction’ – Winner 2013
  • Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions –‘Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction’ – Winner 2011

The Attraction is rated 5 stars, so it’s well worth going to and experiencing specially for whiskey lovers.

Map Location

Address: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK