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Greyfriars Church

Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Ranked #27 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Cemeteries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Walked around the church yard. The crypts, covenents prison, the large tombs, it looks like a film set... very interesting... You can also find elements of where JK Rowling got her inspiration from... would visit again...

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Recently I bought my grandson a book on Greyfriars Bobbie. I decided to go and take a look at the little dog,rub his nose for luck and then while there we wandered into the cemetary. it was amazing. very interesting and very beautiful

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Bristol, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We ambled around this wonderful place keen to get a glimpse into the life of Greyfriars Bobby but impressive as the place is, it was the people who really brought it to life for us. We showed interest in the history of the site and they were very keen to tell us the many stories associated with it. The lovely... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A lovely church with a lot if history....well worth a visit ...loved the quiet oasis in the city...we went to a SYNO concert it was wonderful..what more could you ask for in thus delightful setting

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San Diego, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Take the time to research the history connected to Greyfriars Church and the connected cemetery; both will continue to fascinate long after your visit. Most beautiful and unique cemetery and kirk I have seen. You have access to the connected Covenenter's Prison only from a 3rd party tour company but well worth the extra effort! One of my favorite locations... More

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Such a relaxing time to reflect on history and architecture. You see the surrounding city with all its beautiful buildings and study the grave stones inside. For some fun, look for some Harry Potter character names on the grave stones. Our kids enjoyed spending time in there. No cost to enter.

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Halletts Cove, South Australia, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This grave yard is really cool. I would definitely recommend visiting and having a wander around. The stories range from a heartwarming one about a man and his dog, to a scary story about a prison and poltergeist, and the inspiration of some names in the Harry Potter series!

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Brisbane, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Peaceful church yard in the middle of city and definitely worth a look if you're interested in such things. Was touching to see the grave of Greyfriars Bobby at the entrance, and all the sticks left for him. JK Rowling used to walk this cemetery for inspiration and you can find a few names you might recognise if you're a... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Make a point to visit this church, even if the church itself is closed. The graveyard is pretty and peaceful (although I did see some tour groups, so maybe if one knows the stories, it's also got a spooky side.)

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Somerset, England
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Worth popping into the church after you see the statue and gravestone. There are postcards and books to buy about the dog. Also some beautiful stained glass windows, a small exhibition about the area and the dog. We found the Caretaker in residence organising the preparations for a wedding and he gave us so much information about the graveyard, ghosts,... More

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