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Quirky old building

This houses a small museum, that we didn't go in to see, but I love the old building. As the name... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Cannongate Tolbooth

We spent some time here on the walking tour. The building and its clock tower stands out. It was... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
United Kingdom
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Speaking of grudges... All that is left of this old prison, demolished in 1817, is a single stone which is still spat upon with contempt even today.
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

This houses a small museum, that we didn't go in to see, but I love the old building. As the name suggests, this was one of the old toll booths.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 615anitah
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We spent some time here on the walking tour. The building and its clock tower stands out. It was built at at time when Cannongate was separate from Edinburgh. At one time, part of the building was used as a jail.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Canongate Tolbooth is a museum in a very old building right next to the Tolbooth Tavern. The Museum is worth about 15 minutes.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

Other than to note that this is a distinctive and beautiful building and now houses a museum dedicated to the common folk of Edinburgh, not much to say here. I would refer all to the input of Lowell Montgomery on TripAdvisor a couple of years...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 11douglast
Reviewed 10 June 2018

This building from 1591 is now occupied by People's Story Museum. Good location in Royal Mile, short walk away from Holyrood Palace and right next to Canongate Kirk(Church). Known for it's clock tower, so worth of pic, when you pass by

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Halkidis
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Stop for a while when you are walking around the Royal Mile. It looks the best in the late afternoon/night, but take a photo of it even when it's the middle of the day :)

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dominika D
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We passed this building on our way to the queens gallery, it stands out and looks nicer than the surrounding buildings, however.... besides the clock it has no special features. We didn't go in, so I can't comment on that.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ronald_jelle
Reviewed 25 June 2017

I'd heard about the Old Tolbooth before we went to Scotland, and we happened upon it while walking down the Royal Mile. Edinburgh is full of neat, old buildings, and this was one of them. It's definitely worth a look, especially because of its history....More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank CaitlinAnnC
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

The pub was an old historic building built in 1591 on The Royal Mile. It was originally used to collect tolls from travellers , a court house and a prison. I had the Tolbooth Haggis Tower! It was just that, a Tower of mashed potato(tatties)...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank karencW4922VE
Reviewed 14 August 2016

There are 90 Historic Tolbooths in Scotland even today eg in Inverkeithing,Stirling,Aberdeen etc and this one which dates from 1591.A Tolbooth housed the Jail,the Court,the Council and the Debtors Prison.Indeed at the Ednburgh one,demolished in 1817,torture and executions were commonplace.This one was out with the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank John L
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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