True Crime Tours

Are you ready to discover the darker side of Edinburgh’s history?

Tour Guide at The Real Mary's King Close dressed up for the True Crime tour
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2nd August - 31st August
£30 per adult (over 18s only)

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This August, Join The Real Mary King’s Close’s True Crime Tours and gain an investigative insight into the nature of Edinburgh’s criminal activity.

The closes of the Old Town have been shrouded in shocking tales of crime and punishment for centuries, but the True Crime Tours reveal a more honest story, rooted in fact. As is often the case, the reality ultimately proves darker and more fascinating than any amount of fiction.

On this 1 hour social history tour, guests will be lead through Edinburgh’s forgotten streets, discovering how the people of the closes were just as compelled by the dark details of criminal misdemeanours as we are today.

Confronting themes such as eviction, addiction and the criminal lack of legislation in place to protect residents, the True Crime Tours examine how real offences affected life in the vicinity. Discover what the rise of the witch trials meant for ordinary people living on the closes and learn of the intriguing link that Mary King’s Close has to the infamous character that likely inspired The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Priced at £30.00 per adult, this tour is only available to those aged 18+ years.

Tours run every Friday and Saturday in August 2024, starting at 5.30pm, 7pm and 9pm.

For further details and to book tickets go to True Crime Tours.

True Crime Tour at the Real Mary King's Close