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Popular Edinburgh visitor attraction The Real Mary King’s Close has been nominated for the Best UK Heritage Attraction award in the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards.

Guests from across the UK have until the 30th of September to vote for their favourite experience, with the winners announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner in London on 29 November 2017.

The Real Mary King’s Close General Manager, Craig Miller comments:

“We are honoured to have been short listed for the Best UK Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards. 2016 was an incredibly successful year for The Real Mary King’s Close, and we have gone from strength to strength this year. Our nomination is a true testament to our fantastic team, and our unique heritage attraction.”

BTA chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: 

“The British Travel Awards give you the opportunity to reward travel and tourism enterprises for outstanding performance in service delivery and product offering. Voting in the 2017 Awards is now open and nominated companies have until 30th September to lobby their happy customers for votes – good luck to The Real Mary King’s Close.”

The Real Mary King’s Close is one of Edinburgh’s deepest secrets, telling the real stories of the real people who lived on the closes beneath the historic Royal Mile.

Watch as these now underground streets and houses are brought to life by costumed character guides playing a one time resident of the Close. From the maid to the merchant, the plague cleaner to the poet, each character offers a unique perspective of day to day life on Edinburgh’s narrow closes. Despite often being considered spooky, the combination of costumed character guides and the unique history of Mary King’s Close make it a fun yet informative way for visitors to learn about Edinburgh’s fascinating history.

The British Travel Awards are considered the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the travel industry. The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners, Deloitte. Other nominees for Best UK Heritage Attraction include Edinburgh Castle, Longleat and the Giants Causeway.

To vote please visit the British Travel Awards website.

For further information visit  to the Real Mary King’s Close website.