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The Real Mary King’s Close

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The Real Mary King’s Close

Sitting under The Royal Mile is the historic alley of Mary King’s Close. It’s named after Mary King, a merchant who lived in the location in the 17th century.

The somewhat spooky close is well-known for its hauntings which have allegedly occurred for over 400 years!

One of the most infamous ghosts is that of a young girl named Annie. She reputedly haunts a doll that rests in a 17th-century room just off the close. The doll has been said to move around – creepy!

You can uncover this haunting mystery during a tour via The Real Mary King’s Close attraction. Costumed guides run the tours and give an insight into the close’s notable residents.

Highlights of the tours include in-depth insights into the 1535 murder involving Agnes Chambers, a maid on the close. Can you solve the mystery?

On top of this, you’ll learn about Mary King, the area’s namesake. You’ll find out how she was years ahead of her time, with her impressive streak of independence!

If you want a more intimate look into the close, private tours are also available.

After your tour, why not visit the Burgh Courtroom? Here, you’ll find a coffee shop and a gift shop, where you can choose from an array of special treats and souvenirs.

Receive an in-depth look into The Royal Mile’s hidden close during one of these tours…

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