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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 529 4057
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Wonderful concept

I loved this museum, and was sad to find out that not that many people touring Edinburgh knew about... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Boston, Massachusetts
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Celebrating real harworking people of Edinburgh

I came here on the spur of the moment and very glad I did. This museum for me is my favourite so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 4057
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I loved this museum, and was sad to find out that not that many people touring Edinburgh knew about it. It gives the visitor knowledge about a dimension of life that isn't prominent in the exhibits that focus on royal history: the ordinary lives of...More

Thank bchaplin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here on the spur of the moment and very glad I did. This museum for me is my favourite so far and the most interesting as its about real hardworking people from long ago growing up in Edinburgh; fishwives and housemaids, dockhands and...More

Thank weekak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a very enjoyable hour looking round this free museum which tells the story of ordinary Edinburgh people.

Thank Suzy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is on the stops for the hop-on, hop-off buses (either the green or the red line) so it is pretty easy to get to and from. But it does require a conscious decision to get off and visit, and as a whole it...More

Thank PhilipCJ
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This was A very informative museum showing how people lived in Edinburgh over the years. How the classes intersected. The story is told using scenes set up with mannequins. Really informative and well work a visit

1  Thank denhed
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Wandered in here by accident with my 9yo daughter and stayed to look at every single exhibit detailing the history of the city. Beautifully done. Stevie and Elizabeth were excellent hosts. Life size dioramas of working and domestic life shows kids how tough life was...More

1  Thank SirPrince
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Warm welcome on walking in, free museum dedicated to the folk of the town. Not too big to be onerous, and just a nice size to spend an hour or so reading the exhibits on the history of the people of the town. My favourite...More

Thank northpawblack
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is not a museum about the great and good of Edinburgh but about the lives of ordinary working people and the poverty they endured.I liked the quotes beside the exhibits about people's lives and memories of how life was when they were young. .

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 8 July 2017

A vivid portrayal of the life of the majority of people in the city is offered here. Situated in the terrific Canongate Tolbooth, over numerous rooms the history is told with displays, dioramas, models, banners and flags. An audiovisual provides a good overview concentrating on...More

1  Thank permia
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

It started to rain as I walked down the Royal Mile and I sought refuge from the deluge in this small municipal run museum. I have to say this would not be on my list of places to visit in Edinburgh but I was pleasantly...More

Thank Nigtay62
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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Response from Jered B | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's open everyday.