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Marys Kings Close Ghost Hunt

Marys Kings Close Ghost Hunt

Marys Kings Close is shrouded in darkness and mystery, and holds a haunting presence that echoes with the weight of centuries of history.

Ghost Hunting nights are an absolute must for anyone who fancies becoming a real ghost hunter for the night! The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces and is no stranger to its ghostly happenings! Ghost hunts here are a spine-tingling experience, and we challenge anyone to be part of this ghost night as this location is not for the faint-hearted. This location is steeped in ghost stories and home to many resident ghosts and spirits. Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone on this ghost-hunting experience and be part of this unique overnight ghost hunt?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood-curdling tales of ghosts and murders and of plague victims being walled up and left to die.

Join the team for a night as we invite you to this ghost hunt in Edinburgh after dark.

History Of Marys Kings Close

Deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile sits a dark secret. A narrow alleyway that was once rife with the plague is buried underground in Edinburgh’s City Chambers.
Mary King’s Close was located in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town during the 17th century. The close was named in 1630 after Mary King, a fabric merchant who built her own business after her husband’s death.
It was 1644, and the plague hit Edinburgh. The narrow alleyways were overcrowded, which provided the perfect breeding ground for the epidemic – and it hit Edinburgh hard.
Edinburgh was built within the medieval defence walls known as the Flodden Walls.
This meant that all of the buildings were built up; the wealthy lived at the top, and everyone else lived in near darkness at the bottom next to the sewage-covered streets.
Mary King’s Close was a street in Edinburgh sealed off from the world, leaving all the people suffering from the bubonic plague trapped beneath.
These people were quarantined and left to die. The residents in the city above went about their everyday lives. Did they even know there were victims of the plague dying beneath their feet?
Edinburgh’s history is full of dark tales and scary stories, but plague victims being buried alive is not one of them.
Mary King’s Close was bricked up, but all of the people who lived within – plague-infected or not – were no longer living within the street.
During the plague, the 17th-century residents that lived in what is now underground Edinburgh were treated well. The close was quarantined, and locals would bring food and water to those suffering from the plague.
Mary Kings Close was abandoned in 1645.
Mary King’s Close was a street in Edinburgh sealed off from the world, leaving all the people suffering from the bubonic plague trapped beneath.
These people were quarantined and left to die. The residents in the city above went about their everyday lives. Did they even know there were victims of the plague dying beneath their feet?
Edinburgh’s history is full of dark tales and scary stories, but plague victims being buried alive is not one of them.
Mary King’s Close was bricked up, but all of the people who lived within – plague-infected or not – were no longer living within the street.
During the plague, the 17th-century residents who lived in what is now underground Edinburgh were treated well. The close was quarantined, and locals would bring food and water to those suffering from the plague.
Mary Kings Close was abandoned in 1645.
Then, the warning cry “Gardy Loo!” would be bellowed at a specific time of day before the bucket contents were thrown into the streets below. If you look closely at the sides of the roads in Mary King’s Close, you can see where the sewage ran down towards what was known as the Nor’ Loch.
Now, the location of the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, the Nor’ Loch, was once a lake heavily polluted by sewage and household waste. It was also rumoured to be where suspected witches in Scotland were drowned — a practice known as “dunking.”
These unsanitary conditions created a breeding ground for flea-infested rats ridden with bacteria (specifically Yersinia Pestis Bacterium) in Edinburgh. Not before long this deadly bacterium spread further than the city and wreaked havoc on Scotland, just like it had done previously across the rest of Europe.

Contrary to popular belief, Edinburgh’s plague victims were not trapped in Mary King’s Close but were treated by people known as Plague Doctors. These doctors believed that the plague was caused by miasmas in the air and dressed head-to-toe in defensive gear to protect themselves from the infected air. Their outfits comprised thick leather cloaks and bird-like masks filled with sweet lavender and herbs, designed to keep airborne diseases out of the doctors’ airways. The leather clothing prevented infection-inducing rat bites, meaning the doctors wouldn’t contract the plague.

However, plague victims had to endure great pain at the hands of the doctor. He would cut off the top of each boil (usually located in the armpit or groin) and cauterise the wound by sticking a burning hot pole over it. Although incredibly painful, this form of treatment was quite successful.

After the plague passed through Edinburgh, Mary King’s Close and other closes (streets/alleyways) in the local area began to decay, transforming into dilapidated, overcrowded places.

The council sealed off the closes and built a place on top of them where merchants could conduct their businesses. Some close were destroyed while others stayed intact and used stable grounds to support the buildings above.

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Marys Kings Close Edinburgh Scotland
Ghost Hunt

Investigating with the Paranormal Eye UK Team throughout the evening
Exclusive access after dark
Group Vigils
Séances
Spiritual Medium during the investigation
Working in Small Groups, Using an array of different equipment and techniques
Complimentary Tea, Coffee,
Complimentary light snacks

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Deep beneath the bustling streets of Edinburgh lies the hidden realm of Mary's King Close, a place shrouded in mystery and haunted tales. With their eerie atmosphere, these ancient streets have gained a reputation for being a hotbed of paranormal activity.
Within the depths of Mary's King Close, one can encounter a multitude of spine-chilling phenomena. From the unsettling presence of dark, ghostly shadows that seem to lurk around every corner, to the heart-wrenching cries and screams of long-forgotten children echoing through the narrow passageways, the encounters with the supernatural are both chilling and unforgettable.

For those seeking an adventure into the realm of the unknown, Mary's King Close offers a plethora of opportunities. From paranormal events and ghost hunts to immersive ghost investigations and thrilling ghost hunting nights, there are countless ways to delve into the haunted history of this hidden gem. Whether you are a seasoned ghost hunter or simply curious about the paranormal, these ghost hunting experiences and haunted tours provide a unique opportunity to explore the otherworldly side of Edinburgh's past.
Embark on a ghost-hunting adventure like no other, as you navigate the dimly lit corridors and secret chambers of Mary's King Close. Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you participate in overnight ghost hunts, immersing yourself in the haunted atmosphere that permeates every inch of this historic location. With a range of ghost hunts available throughout the UK, including options near you, you can embark on a paranormal night filled with spine-tingling encounters and unexplained phenomena.
Join a ghost hunting tour or paranormal investigation to uncover the secrets that lie within the depths of Mary's King Close. Led by experienced guides and investigators, these ghost tours offer a fascinating glimpse into the supernatural world. Explore the haunted history of Edinburgh, as you delve into the stories and legends that have made this city a hub for ghostly encounters. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, these ghost hunting tours and paranormal investigations provide a captivating and immersive experience that will leave you questioning the boundaries between the living and the dead.

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