THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE, EDINBURGH
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the Real Mary King’s Close can lay claim to its share of spooky occurrences. It is said that former residents of this warren of plagueravaged streets have lingered for hundreds of years, seemingly trapped or reluctant to leave.
Among their number is Annie, a girl abandoned by her family and left alone to die. A visiting Japanese medium in 1992 claimed she felt Annie take her hand. The woman returned later and placed a tartan-clad Barbie close to where the incident occurred. It has since become tradition to leave toys, dolls and teddy bears in the cramped bare-brick space known as Annie’s room.
When renovation work was under way before the Real Mary King’s Close opened in 2003, it is rumoured that workers tidied the toys into a neat pile. When they returned later, the items had been strewn around by an unseen hand – even though the doors were locked and nobody was inside.
This Halloween the historic visitor attraction is running a new one-hour tour, Condemned, that promises chilling insight into 18th-century Edinburgh witchcraft. Condemned is at the Real Mary King’s Close at 9pm today and tomorrow. Visit realmarykingsclose.com