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Brass Rubbing Centre

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Address: Chalmers Close | (opposite Museum of Childhood on Royal Mile), Edinburgh EH1 1SS, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 556 4364
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Description: Great family activity where you can make your own personal souvenir to...
Great family activity where you can make your own personal souvenir to take home from the UK. Offers a unique tourist experience while learning history.
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This was really interesting, the exhibitions change at different points throughout the year. if you look on the map for the museum of childhood. get off the bus there and then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2013
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Johannes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was really interesting, the exhibitions change at different points throughout the year. if you look on the map for the museum of childhood. get off the bus there and then opposite it is a little walk way and then go down and its on the right

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Followed various web site directions, full of anticipation, only to find the center closed for good. Signs were still up on the door, and in the lane leading to the center, but that's all. Shame.

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Norwalk CT
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Spent a great afternoon here and left with a stunning Celtic cross rubbing, all my own work!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

A great place to take the children and grandchildren, lots of fun doing the brass rubbing.

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carlisle, pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

We visited the Brass Rubbing Centre in May 2010 and the whole family really enjoyed it. It was a wonderfully quiet, contemplative (and productive!) respite from the tourist hoards on the Royal Mile. We were all eagerly anticipating another similar experience this year--our 8 yo boy most of all--only to find it is closed for structural repairs and the brasses... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

The whole family had fun at this place, which is both historically interesting and fun.

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Edmonton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

The Brass Rubbing Centre was a great way to learn a little history, do something constructive and have a special souvenier of our trip. My husband and I did a smal rubbing, which was quite inexpensive. It took us about 30 minutes to complete the project. The staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. It was a nice change from looking... More 

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Chicago area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

This was a great way to get a personalized souvenir of a trip to the UK - I guarantee no one else has the same one! This is a great way to spend an hour or two, or a good way to create with your child for as long as they can focus. Making your own rubbing satisfies a basic... More 

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dorice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

This is an excellent Centre for all ages. I have now taken my grand children on numerous occasions. Their ages ranging from 4 to 16. The assistant is extremely helpful, and friendly. Prices excellent starting at £1 upwards depending on size of Brass Rubbing. Well done to Edinburgh Council, in funding such an excellent venue for all ages, and Nationalities..

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

As the rain poured, my teenage son and I were cozy in the Brass Rubbing Center. Excellently run by a friendly helpful woman who said she had been with the center for many years. The choices of rubbing possibilities were quite varied - something suitable for children all the way to the most experienced. We had a wonderful morning.

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