We're spending a few days in Edinburgh this May. We're seeing all the usual suspects, but I wanted to get some suggestions on your favorite Closes off the Royal Mile. Looking for Closes that have secret gardens, cool architecture or some sort of surprise that makes them worth visiting. Any suggestions?
There's the Real Mary King's Close. You have to pay for a tour, but I thought it was interesting. It's underground, because of its age, and you get to see what life in the closes would have been like during past centuries.
Did Mary Kings twice and thought it was so interesting. First saw about it on a BBC broadcast about how it was uncovered. Some people think it is too touristy but we obviously liked it. I think it is right down from the castle.
Here's a good overview.
Start at the top of the Royal Mile, and walk your way downhill.
Just about every close has something interesting!
Don't forget to look up to see dates and ancient inscriptions.
White Horse Close at the bottom is quite open and beautiful.