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Cannongate Tolbooth

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+44 131 529 4057
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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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Halkidis
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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 :)

Thank Dominika D
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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.

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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

Thank CaitlinAnnC
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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

Thank Karen C
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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

Thank John L
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

The Old Tolboot (more properly known as the Canongate Tolbooth), in the heart of The Royal Mile / Canongate, is a distinctive structure which catches the eye of many a tourist and photographer. Just up the road from the Canongate Kirk, you'll see the unusual...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2015

A fascinating insight of the people of Edinburgh. Journey through hundreds of years of history. " the people's story" well named, and it's free!!!!

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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
...More
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