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Canongate Kirk

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Address: 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 556 3515
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Church not open but impressive graveyard

I went to this church twice during my visit to Edinburgh and both times it was closed (I had not checked opening hours so I may have just missed the opening times). That said... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Osprey, Florida

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Osprey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I went to this church twice during my visit to Edinburgh and both times it was closed (I had not checked opening hours so I may have just missed the opening times). That said, seeing the church from the outside and visiting the graveyard were worth the visit not only for themselves but for the views they afford. Make sure... More 

Thank arpc29
Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

I was in town on business and stopped in here. The cemetery was very cool with lots of very old graves to look at and think how different things were. A visit doesn't take very long but it is worth it if you are in the area.

Thank RovingCOO
Derby, United Kingdom
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434 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

This is another place that I never visited when I lived in Edinburgh and then had to wait until my return 16 years later. We popped in as we walked up from Holyrood to see what I missed all those years ago. The interior is nice and light and can be quite peaceful, if there aren't hordes of tourists clogging... More 

Thank madamedefarge
Witney, United Kingdom
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239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We were lucky to be in Edinburgh for an organ concert played at Canongate Kirk by David Hamilton. This was part of the Edinburgh Festival. The acoustics were excellent for this type of concert, and the Kirk made alovely backdrop for the concert.

Thank Andrew C
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

This beautiful church with light blue interior is worth visiting! The royal family is visiting this church often, because it's close by holy rood castle. Sit down, be quiet and take your time to reflect. Maybe you're lucky and you'll see and hear a choir or violin player...

Thank Nelly B
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

beautiful church with a lovely welcome for visitors. The interior is very impressive and the big window is magnificent.

Thank Maxim123153
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

When you walk the Royal Mile be sure to visit this historic church. The volunteers who take care of visitors are very friendly and helpful. You can see where the Queen sits during her visits. The church is beautiful with lots of history. Adam Smith is buried in its churchyard.

Thank Wander18539
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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349 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We attended a Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge presentation at Canongate Kirk. The setting of the church, just off the Royal Mile, made for an excellent parade of the Young Men with Pipe Band. The church can look a bit austere and cold when empty, as the walls are painted white and the pews are a light blue, but this shows... More 

Thank Sandra and Alan S
The Colony, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We visiting during the day and during the evening on a Ghost tour. Very accessible, right on the Royal Mile. A Burns statue is outside!

Thank JeanieBrown06
Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Canongate Kirk looks amazing with its red doors and wrought-iron gates. It is situated close to the bottom of Royal Mile - not far from Scottish Parliament & Palace of Holyroodhouse. The church doors were not open when I visited on Monday, 16th Feb but I got to walk around the churchyard which was so peaceful despite being positioned on... More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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