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Greyfriars Church

Greyfriers Place, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 225 5429
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Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier, kept watch over his master's grave for 14 years.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“jk rowling” (39 reviews)
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Greyfriers Place, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 5429
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Reviewed yesterday

The Greyfriars Church, located a few blocks south of the Royal Mile (and across from the National Museum of Scotland) provides a quite place to contemplate and rest from a busy day of sightseeing. Dating from 1620, the church sits on the site of a...More

Thank NeedPivo
Reviewed 2 days ago

The graveyard is the attraction here. There are very old graves here, some dating back to a time of cholera and others with iron grills over them to deter the grave robbers - such Burke and Hare - who sold bodies to well known surgeons...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Somewhat ironic to be greeted by the no dogs allowed sign but nevertheless as to be visited by anyone who as watched the movie or read the book. Could do with a bit of tender loving care I suppose but worthwhile anyway.

Thank stephen s
Reviewed 5 days ago

The church itself isn't as splendid as a place like St Giles', however the graveyard is a place of inspiration. There are names on several gravestones that became Harry Potter characters from JK Rowling's time in Edinburgh.

Thank Vicky L
Reviewed 5 days ago

last Friday morning me and my daughter went to look round greyfriars kirk before we went to travel home. This really lovely man took us round to look at the graves my daughter wanted to find. He told us the stories behind some of the...More

Thank sallifolkes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we are local's we had not visited the Kirk for a number of years and oh dear its rather much in need of care and attention and less of the thrill seeking ghost tours which only devalue and cheapen this venue. Dirty and unloved...More

Thank trevor y
Reviewed 1 week ago

see if you can find any characters from Harry Potter buried here! That was a surprise. There are tours at night and sections closed off in the graveyard. Fun to walk around in the dark, but bring a torch (flashlight).

Thank VTJedi
Reviewed 1 week ago

The graveyard around the church seems to have been the model for the film of the 60s and is very impressive. You can see Auld Jock's grave just opposite a number of closely knit graves and mausoleums

Thank mark_davie_2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went yesterday with our grandchildren who are visiting from the US and other relatives from Ireland , had a very interesting volunteer guide who works for the church his knowledge of the history of the church and grave yard was excellent and all of us...More

Thank AtkinsonP
Reviewed 1 week ago

This a beautiful church and a very interesting graveyard. There was a gent in graveyard with with his dog Sam that was entertaining. The grounds were very well kept.

Thank Freda K
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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9 May 2017|
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Response from youngatheartseventy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can access graveyard before and after opening hours of church.