Best haunting place in Scotland

Buried deep beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile lies the city's deepest secret warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th century.

Mary King's Close is an old Edinburgh close under buildings in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It took its name from one Mary King, daughter of advocate Alexander King, who in the 17th century had owned several properties within the close. The close was partially demolished and buried under the Royal Exchange, and later being closed to the public for many years, the complex became shrouded in myths and urban legends; tales of ghosts and murders, and myths of plague victims being walled up and left to die abounded. However, new research and archaeological evidence has revealed that the close actually consists of a number of closes which were originally narrow streets with tenement houses on either side, stretching up to seven stories high. Mary King's Close is now a commercial tourist attraction. 

What is the close? Edinburgh is built on a spine of rock and down the backbone of the Old Town, from the Castle to Holyrood, runs the slope of the Royal Mile.  A series of lanes and alleyways grew out of this long street, falling away to either side – these are the ‘wynds’ or ‘closes’ where Old Town folk made their residences. 

The close has had a reputation for hauntings since at least the 17th century. It has been pointed out that this particular close ran the nearest of any to the old Nor Loch, a stagnant and highly polluted marsh ; biogas escaping into the close and creating strange lights may have been the cause for these rumors of spirit hauntings. It is also said that the gas escaping into the closes was known to cause hallucinations. Urban legends say that the hauntings originated with plague victims being quarantined and left to die in the close, or with their bodies being used to build the walls.

2nd picture: Clothing typical of doctors at this time. In their beaks, they put herbs not to feel the odors of the sick ...
Mary King's Close was re-opened to the public in April 2003. Now a commercial tourist attraction, it is being displayed as a historically accurate example of life in Edinburgh between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. One enters the attraction through Warriston's Close and Writer's Court, where a replica sign for "Mary King's Close" has been hung. The attraction actually gives tours of the ruins of several underground close remains: Mary King's, Pearson's, Stewart's and Allen's closes.

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Mary King's Close is also the organisation which funds and manages the annual Mary King's Ghost Fest in Edinburgh. This unique and popular award winning, 10 day city wide festival has become a regular favourite on the Edinburgh festival circuit with its strange and quirky events attracting visitors from throughout Scotland, the U.K. and overseas in May each year. This unusual, off-peak festival sets out to explore and uncover more about the dark tales and strange paranormal activity for which Edinburgh is internationally renowned.

Your experience at The Real Mary King’s Close will be brought to life by one of our costumed character tour guides.  Based on a one time resident or regular of Mary King’s Close, these guides will regale you with the fascinating tales of plague, pestilence, murder and intrigue. 

The tour lasts one hour. The tour runs every 20 minutes. Tours are conducted in English however if you speak French, German, Italian or Spanish we offer free audio guides to take on the tour.

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Opening times
From March 30th to October 31st: Monday - Sunday 10 - 21.00 (last tour)
From November 1st to March 29th: Sunday - Thursday10.00 - 17.00 (last tour) Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 21.00 (last tour)
From August 6th to August 26th: Monday - Sunday 09.00 - 23.00 (last tour)

Admission prices
Adult £12.95
Child (5 - 15 years) £7.45 (not suitable for children under 5)
Senior Citizen £11.45
Student (ID required) £11.45

Hope that you will have a mystic stay in Edinburgh!

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