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The Real Mary King’s Close

Hidden beneath the historic Old Town, The Real Mary King’s Close is one of Edinburgh’s most unusual venues. Offering a unique experience in the centre of the city for up to 120 guests, The Real Mary King’s Close is the perfect setting for exclusive tours, corporate events or private parties

Are you looking for a unique setting to make your event extra special? Below the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile lies one of the city’s deepest secrets. VisitScotland five star rated attraction The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of concealed streets and spaces which date back to the 1600’s, where real people lived, worked and died. These streets were covered by the construction of the City Chambers and lay forgotten for centuries, until 2003 when they were re-opened as a fascinating visitor attraction.

A true taste of historic Edinburgh, from the spectacular Burgh Courtroom to the rooms of the Closes, The Real Mary King’s Close is an atmospheric and intimate venue. Fully licenced, with a wealth of bespoke offerings available from exclusive tours to tailor-made experiences, whether you are holding a private party with prosecco and canapes, a corporate function with a whisky tasting, or even hosting a performance or a product launch, our dedicated in-house team can help you to create an unforgettable event.

A character guide based on a former resident of the Close will join you to explore Edinburgh’s incredible past between the 16th and 19th centuries. Discover Edinburgh’s hidden history and experience how different life would have been for the people of the Closes when the streets were open to the skies.

City Centre

0.5 Miles


The Real Mary King’s Close
2 Warriston’s Close
High Street

Venue Details

Maximum capacities

  • Theatre 35
  • Reception 120
  • Private Tour (per tour) 20

General information

  • Disabled Access Yes
  • Outdoor Grounds No
  • WiFi Yes
  • Parking No


  • VisitScotland - 5 star Visitor Attraction
  • VisitScotland – Taste Our Best


  • Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA)
  • Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)
  • VisitScotland
  • Golden Keys
  • UK Inbound
  • Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Marketing Edinburgh