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Canongate Kirk

Address: 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
Phone Number: 0131 556 3515
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Ranked #69 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Daylesford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Mercants fill so many of the graves and one could be dismissive - except that these families created the Edinburgh we see. This was their church, their home base, their sense of history and immortality. We visited twice as we came to know some of the names and their history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I did not go into the church, but I did visit the church's graveyard and stayed in an apartment overlooking it. Very atmospheric and spooky at night especially if it is rainy, cloudy with little moonlight. Contains the grave sites of several famous people including Adam Smith -- the Father of Capitalism(Wealth of Nations). Nightly walking tours visit this graveyard... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It is a very interesting place and has a lot of stories to tell and if you do a tour you will find out a lot of interesting facts bout it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It is a nice little kirk, avery simple and beautiful place, most unusal pews in that they are all painted,never seen this before in a Kirk, nice stained glass window, very simle but nice. It is a pity however that Trip Advisor has Holyrood Place as the feature photo for this lovely place and also has it wrongly mapped. worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went to a performance by folk group Whistlebinkies. I always try to catch their performances, they are a traditional Scottish group who play a variety of traditional instruments and also sing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Stopped by this church while wandering down The Royal Mile. Quite pretty inside. This is the church the Queen attends when staying at Holyrood House. Walked in on a piano duet rehearsing for their concert later that day. Amazing talent.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Staying in the City for two weeks to enjoy the Festival, we have made several attempts to visit the Church, but were frustrated by closures relating to rehearsals. Today, we were lucky, and how pleased we were that we persevered. The church is charmingly simple and the volunteer staff, very welcoming. The Building, is used on occasion, by the Royal... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This church (kirk) is very different to most of the others you'll see in Edinburgh, with its white and blue painted interior, limited number of stained glass windows, and it's very simple lay-out. It's surrounded bay graveyard that holds many of the elite of past Edinburgh society, and is a church that is still very important to the community. Recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

One of the highlights of a visit to Edinburgh. The understated features of this 17th century church with strong Royal connections (and pale blue pews!) make it welcoming and relaxing. The hiugh quality of an evening choral performance was well worth the long walk through the rain.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I stopped by the church by accident and was pleasantly surprised by an interesting visit. I didn't expect a 300+ year old church to be painted baby blue.

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