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Greyfriars Church

Address: Greyfriers Place, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225-5429
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Ranked #42 of 459 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Landmarks & points of interest, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal...
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Type: Cemeteries, Landmarks & points of interest, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier, kept watch over his master's grave for 14 years.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We went to Greyfriars Kirkyard twice on our weekend away in Edinburgh. It really is a little gem. The graves & mausoleums are like a work of art and it's lovely to stroll through & have a look at inscriptions, the architecture etc. It had many points of interest for me 1. It's famous for the little dog Greyfriars Bobby... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It was coming across the memorial to Greyfriars Bobby (cnr George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row), immortalised in the Disney movie, that led to seeking out the nearby Greyfriars Kirk (Candlemaker Row). Here is the grave of John Gray, but pride of place goes to Bobby's grave just inside the entrance. But there is much more to this Kirkyard. Wander... More 

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Province of Mantua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I've been there several times during my various trips to Edinburgh. The Church is little an bland, but the main attraction is the graveyard. Everything is well kept, and if walking in quiet resting places is your thing, I definetely recomend to pay a visit. You can get some history facts about the smuggling of corpses and an alternative view... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is the resting place of old jock the man so loved by his beloved dog Bobby the faithful friend laid on his grave every night for 14 years after his death this sweet devoted dog earner himself the keys to the city. A must to see.

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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is the famous graveyard that was the last resting place for the might-watchman who's dog (Bobby) has inspired three films (two of them from Disney) and several books on the loyalty of the dog to its owner. The graveyard also houses several inspirations to the Harry Potter series of books for those that wish for more immediate history.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Being a lover of Edinburgh and having seen the film Greyfriars Bobby I wanted to visit Bobby's final resting place. It's a shame Bobby couldn't be laid to rest with his master but I suppose consecrated ground needs to be respected, Bobby's grave all the same is a fitting tribute to his devotion. It's a pity the Church was closed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Greyfriars Kirk scene for the signing of the Covenant a key part of the Reformation in Scotland, burial ground and also the scene for the creation of the "Greyfriars Bobby myth/true story?". Centre of the old town lovely to visit a place with some history & amazing gravestones. Have a wee dram in Greyfriars Bobby Pub just outside the graveyard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I recently visited greyfriars with my boyfriend while on a walking tour of Edinburgh. I had briefly heard the story of Bobby before we arrived in Edinburgh however seeing the grave and hearing the full story made me realise what kind and generous people Edinburgh people are such a lovely story and such a great thing to be proud of... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I love graveyards and churches and all those things and this one is not to be missed. Being in the kirk is like stepping back in time and I genuinely felt like I was in a scene from Sweeney Todd. A really protected, beautiful part of the city. Definitely worth a wander!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Being ignorant to the story of 'Greyfriars Bobby', I did not realise the significance of this little dog until a geocaching visit took us within a few feet of his grave. My friend explained a little bit of the story to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This then prompted me to research a little more into it. The area... More 

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