The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century. There is nowhere in the world quite like Mary King’s Close.

It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die. Research and archaeological evidence have revealed a truer story, rooted in fact and – as is so often the case – more fascinating than any amount of fiction.

This incredible street is open to visitors and a costumed character tour guide, based on a one time resident, will help you explore this underground site and tell you fascinating stories.

Credit: The Real Mary King's Close

Credit: The Real Mary King’s Close

We recently visited to take some photos of The Real Mary King’s Close.

Stewart’s Close and  the tale of the death of Alexander Cant who was murdered by his wife and mother-in-law over a dowry.

Stewart’s Close and the tale of the death of Alexander Cant who was murdered by his wife and mother-in-law over a dowry.

Dr George Rae, the Plague Doctor tends to Johnny Craig who is suffering from the bubonic plague

Dr George Rae, the Plague Doctor tends to Johnny Craig who is suffering from the bubonic plague

Inside the windows room

Inside the windows room

A close up of the book in the windows room

A close up of the book in the windows room

Janet Craig and her baby suffer the onset of bubonic plague.

Janet Craig and her baby suffer the onset of bubonic plague.

Mr Chesney’s workshop. The Chesney family moved in as resident sawmakers in 1850 and people can still remember having their saws sharpened there as late as the 1960s.

Mr Chesney’s workshop. The Chesney family moved in as resident sawmakers in 1850 and people can still remember having their saws sharpened there as late as the 1960s.

The doorway into Mr Chesney’s house. Mr Chesney was the last resident to live on Mary King’s Close and was forced to go when the City Chambers was enlarged in the early 1900s.

The doorway into Mr Chesney’s house. Mr Chesney was the last resident to live on Mary King’s Close and was forced to go when the City Chambers was enlarged in the early 1900s.

This is Mr Chesney’s toilet, one of the first plumbed toilets on Mary King’s Close.

This is Mr Chesney’s toilet, one of the first plumbed toilets on Mary King’s Close.

The Real Mary King's Close

Annie’s Room

Annie’s Room

 

Further information

The Real Mary King’s Close
2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
Telephone: 0845 070 6244

The Real Mary King’s Close website.

Opening hours and you can also  book your ticket online.

You can also like their Facebook page and on follow them twitter @MaryKingsClose

The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close

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