In doing some of the writing for this website I have had the opportunity to see Edinburgh with fresh eyes, a tourist’s eyes. I can’t imagine anyone visiting Edinburgh and being disappointed by what we have to offer. We have a thriving restaurant scene, stunning scenery and architecture, we’re an international leader for cocktails, and some of the best tourist attractions anywhere. If it’s a weekend of culture and fine dining you’re looking for, Edinburgh really is the place to visit.
The Real Mary King’s Close is an historical tourist attraction rated five stars. Located on the Royal Mile, it’s an opportunity to travel back in time.
Life in Edinburgh was very different in the 17th century than it is today. Beneath the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town is a hidden part of the city, sealed off from sight. A secret underground city that costumed character guides will lead you through. The streets and houses have been uniquely preserved, and it’s jaw dropping.
Seeing where people lived, worked, and played offers a real insight into how life would have been back then. You don’t have to use your imagination too much to appreciate the hardship.
I highly recommend a visit, and it’s suitable for the whole family (children over 5).
The Real Mary King’s Close also has a lovely cafe where you can enjoy baguettes, baked potatoes, homemade soup, and cake.
We had a couple of baguettes and some of the delicious homemade soup. We probably should have quit at that but couldn’t resist a slice of chocolate cake which we enjoyed with Brodies tea.
The cafe was inexpensive and the quality very good. It’s position tucked around the back of the attraction is ideal for getting away from the busyness of the Royal Mile for a bit.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Location: 2 Warriston’s Close
Price: Child £8.85, Adult £14.95
Good for: A fun and educational experience ideal for tourists and families with children over five