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Greyfriars Kirk

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Welcome to Greyfriars Kirk, a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, where a church has stood since 1620. We are a welcoming, inclusive community, and respond to local needs in a variety of ways...more
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1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very atmospheric and historical graveyard at the heart of the city. Working out the symbolism of some of the headstones takes quite a bit of time and effort. The small community herb gardens are a nice touch.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Donal M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the dog Bobby and his master broke my heart. But it's only one out of surely many. Worth a visit and a quiet reflection on man"s best friends. We don't give them enough credit. Not nearly.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maciej C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

History. Loyalty faith and a dog. Perfect mixture. Lovely spot close to town. Well kept. Much to see... Watch out for Tom Riddle’s grace as well as old Jock and Bobby’s tribute. God’s peace for all to share. Free as ever...

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 17 January 2019

This location is peaceful but very close to the Royal Mile. It contains the graves of Greyfriars Bobby and his master with a lot of information and small museum. The church is open to visit also and you can walk around the church yard on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 January 2019

I had done a lot of research before going to Scotland and was very familiar with its history. So much of what is tied to Edinburgh’s history can be experienced here. greyfriars Bobby is certainly not the only thing to see...church and grounds are so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brenda J
Reviewed 15 January 2019

We spent a few hours reading the headstones. Graverobbing was common at one time and you can see the many methods used to thwart those efforts.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank marcormerod
Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

The grey friars kirk yard is named after greyfirars Bobby (a small dog famous Scottish dog) where you can see his grave and many others that were inspiration for many of the names in Harry Potter. I recommend going as part of a ghost tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2019

Lots of history packed into a fairly small space. Not JUST the Greyfriars Bobby story but plenty of other interesting and historic characters to be discovered here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alan D
Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

This is a graveyard but it attracts many visitors. Some visitors turn up after dusk. Fans of Harrypotter will find some of the names on the tombstones familiar.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 December 2018

The church is worth a visit but the graveyard is really the place to go. There is the tomb of William MacGonogall the worst poet or so we've read. There are lots of the names on the tomb stones that appear in Harry Potter. They...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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Response from youngatheartseventy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can access graveyard before and after opening hours of church.
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