Mary King’s Close launch new underground fest

Mary King's Close. Picture: TSPL

Mary King's Close. Picture: TSPL


ONE of Edinburgh’s leading visitor attractions has launched a week long event, allowing guests to discover ‘new and exciting experiences’ in the city’s underground streets.

Mary King’s Close have launched their first ever Close Fest, a series of events featuring everything from murderous make-up workshops to interactive tours.

Kicking off on Halloween night, the week opens with The Dark Truth tour, a late night interactive event that proved to be a hit with Fringe audiences. The tour promises to deliver ‘a tongue in cheek account of the edgier, murkier side to Edinburgh’s history’ whilst containing details ‘that will send a shiver down your spine’.

Other highlights from the week include a play depicting William Burke in the final hours before his death, an appearance from author Philip Caveney, who will be reading excerpts from his book Crow Boy, and a comedy performance from Paul Vickers, who will bring his show Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra to life in the Close.

The week concludes with a murder mystery evening, where guests are tasked with discovering the person behind ‘a hideous crime’ taking place in 1943.

• Close Fest runs from 31st October - 9 November. For more information, see




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