Spotlight on The Real Mary King’s Close

A trip to Edinburgh isn’t complete without learning about the city’s hidden past. This month, we’ve teamed up with The Real Mary King’s Close to share a truly unique history tour with you during your visit to the city.

As an Apex Hotel guest, you can now get £1 off tour tickets by quoting ‘Mary King’s Apex’ and showing your key card. Make sure you leave enough time during your visit to explore the new pre-tour exhibition room and café.

You’ll also get a complimentary glass of wine with your meal if you’ve bought tickets and bring your receipt back to Agua Restaurant & Bar.

We took a visit to the close to get a sneak peak of what’s in store for you on your visit, here’s what we found.

History

The Real Mary King’s Close is a hidden maze of underground closes and small houses that once formed the heart of Edinburgh’s busy and vibrant streets. Open to the skies and once bustling with families and businesses, these streets have found themselves underground some 400 years later.

Guided Tours

Mary King’s Close is now open for you to visit through a one hour guided tour which will take you down the stairs into Mary King’s Close itself. You’ll be taken through the underground city and the tour will be brought to life by a costumed character tour guide.

Based on a one-time resident (ours was Mary King’s daughter), your guide will explore the streets with you telling the fascinating tales of plague, pestilence, murder and intrigue of Mary King and her neighbours. Learn exactly how these streets came to be underground and peek into a virtually untouched business of saw maker, Andrew Chesney, who was the last resident to leave the close in 1901.

To book guided tours visit the Real Mary King’s Close website.