Fascinating view of Edinburgh in the 17th century. The Close (a system of alleyways and courtyards), in the Old Town, was partially demolished and buried due to the building of the Royal Exchange in the 18th century. There are many myths and urban legends associated with the close - tales of murders and hauntings make this quite an eerie visit, particularly since this is entirely underground.
The Real Mary Kings Close tour was one of our favorite excursions during our trip to Edinburgh. I was worried it'd be a bit hokey, but it was awesome. The fact that the underground city is basically still intact down there is pretty impressive. The Real Mary Kings Close gives you a realistic look at what living in Scotland looked like back in the day. The Real Mary Kings Close is completely different from, but in a way similar to, the experience you get from walking around the catacombs in Paris or the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. You basically come away from the experience feeling like you got a unique opportunity to travel back in time. Helpful Tip: Bring a toy or a plush animal for the ghost of the little Annie, a young girl who still haunts the close. :)
If you decide to play here, you'd better book time online, because there will be special guides to bring in, there will be time and number limitations. It takes about an hour to play. I didn't feel terrible. I just cooperated with the guide's explanation. I felt that the living environment of people in this place was dirty, smelly and pitiful. The living conditions were so bad that I could not complain about the outbreak of the Black Death.
Sadly too many people visit this attraction in the hope of encountering a ghost. The reality is that the story of Mary Kings Close, while inpirational of ghost stories, is one of tragedy. The close was sealed up by the council during an outbreak of the plague and its occupants left to die inside, cut off from the rest of the city. Re-discovered and opened to the public in the 1970s a tour of the close brings historic Edinburgh to life!
The Real Mary King's Close is a hidden gem of Edinburgh. You are paying only 15 pounds per person and in return you are getting the wonderful tour of the city's undergrounds! You can see how people lived in the past and learn a lot about the history of Scotland. It was great.
It's still very interesting here. You can see what the old house in Edinburgh looks like. The tour guide talked vividly and interestingly, and turned into some small stories, carefully explaining the dark history of the Middle Ages, the dark side of human nature and the damage of history.
Marikin Alley is located under a building in the old city of Edinburgh, which is equivalent to a narrow basement. More than 700 people used to live in this very narrow building. It was buried here after being killed by the plague. Now there are building models inside, which need guide's explanation to understand.