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153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

Amazing Christmas concert today. We were just walking past and a lovely gentleman invited us in. I’m so glad we went in - it has been the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maryglasnevin
Reviewed 20 November 2018

Canongate Kirk is a simple looking church on the Royal Mile not far from Holyrood Palace. We used to walk past it on our way from the hotel often. It is the burial site of several famous people including economist Adam Smith.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Lovely church you encounter while walking down the Royal Mile from the Castle to the Holyrood Palace. Beautiful architecture. You can read about the history of the church from a paper guide inside. Well worth the visit - an unexpected gem. Go around the back...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pasowine
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Horatius Bonar 'the prince of Scottish hymnwriters' is buried here in the lair of Alexander Bonar his father, near the bottom on the left.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

For us, Canongate Kirk was an interesting place to visit due to its connection to the history of Mary, Queen of Scots. We were strolling in the maze of the old tombstones of the church cemetery and stumbled upon the simple dilapidated grave stone with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Noraatc
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Canongate Kirk is a beautiful church on the Royal miles.It has a cemetery attached and worth 15 minutes while in Edinburgh

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

If you are walking along the Royal Mile and going to Holyrood, you should stop at the Canongate Church for a quick visit. We walked in and were given a brief history of the church to read on a piece of paper. We also walked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We did not aim here, but had heard of it. We had left the Holyrood House Palace after touring. This church is really nice and so so historic. Worth stopping in. Read the hand out you are give. Look at the amazingly beautiful cushions near...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

The church was closed, but we took some time to look at the tombstones and admire the outside. It’s a lovely looking church with some interesting graves.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank J1e2n3n4y
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Unfortunately the church was closed at the time of my visit but I wandered around the old graves and crypts some dating back 200 years. There is an interesting statue of the poet Robert Fergusson on the pavement outside the church entrance.

Date of experience: August 2018
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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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