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Greyfriars Kirk in the heart of Edinburgh is still an active place of worship, welcoming those from all faiths. The Kirk is a four-star historic attraction, awarded by VisitScotland.
Inside there is a museum which contains interesting artefacts and historical information which their knowledgeable volunteers are happy to introduce you to. No trip to Greyfriars would be complete without a walk round the historic graveyard, where visitors can witness the efforts to deter the grave-robbers infamous in Edinburgh's history. With the many tales of hauntings surrounding the kirk, we wouldn't advise going alone!
Perhaps, what is most famous about the church and its graveyard is the legend of Greyfriars Bobby, a dog who guarded his master's grave for 14 years. Recent research has questioned the validity of such an account, arguing that the story was encouraged for tourism. Whatever the case, the statue of Greyfriar's Bobby can be found just outside the Kirk.
You could easily miss this beautiful landmark if you aren't looking closely for it. It is just off a main street and there is only a small sign, but once you pass through the gates, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Entry is free. Between April and October the Kirk is open to everyone - Monday to Friday 10.30 to 16.30 and Saturday 11.00 until 14.00.
Best For Whom
- Mature Travellers
Best For What
- Cultural Experience
- The Local Experience