Pride History Tours

Discover four centuries of untold LGBTQIA+ history with The Real Mary King’s Close.

Real Mary Kings Close Tour Guide standing half way down stairs of Close with Pride Flag

Royal Mile

1st June - 29th June
£30.00 per adult; £24.00 per child (5 to 15 years)

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This June, in celebration of Pride month, join The Real Mary King’s Close for the educational and thought-provoking Pride History Tours, designed to reveal the hidden histories of LGBTQIA+ community life in Edinburgh from the mid 1500’s until 1912.

Historical figures from Edinburgh’s historic LGBTQIA+ community will be brought to life by tour guides in historical dress, who will lead visitors through the cobbled streets and beneath Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Tours will be led by either Robert Fergusson, who in 1772, became a member of the mysterious secret society, The Cape Club, which held nightly meetings in taverns in Edinburgh’s Old Town closes like The Real Mary King’s Close; or Marie Maitland, Scotland’s first supposed sapphic poet.

Along the way, guests will also get to meet Edinburgh medical pioneers Dr James Barry and Sophia Jex-Blake.

Tours run every Friday and Saturday in June at 4pm and 5.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £30.00 per adult and £24.00 per child (aged between 5 and 15 years). Please note the tour contains graphic language; parental guidance is advised.

View further details and book tickets on Pride History Tours.