Mary King’s Ghost Fest is funded and organised by one of Edinburgh’s most popular and important tourist attractions, The Real Mary King’s Close, and is supported by a growing number of organisations across the city.
Mary King lived at the top of one of narrow Closes off the Royal Mile until her death in 1644. The Close, later named after her, was preserved when the City Chambers was constructed over the site in 1853. What remains today is a strange underground time – capsule of small houses and spaces, steeped in mystery and shrouded in dark stories.
Thought to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland, The Real Mary King’s Close has appeared on Living TV’s Most Haunted twice and more recently the Sci-Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters International. It is therefore fitting that a number of special events take place at this venue throughout the festival.