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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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Canongate Kirk

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
The Colony, Texas
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The Colony, Texas
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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!

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Visit to Cannongate Kirk graveyard which some famous celebrities are buried here. Found Adam Smiths known as the Father of Capitalism and his famous "Wealth of Nations" publication, monument which was at the back wall of the Peopes Museum. Outside the gates of the Kirk is a statue of the young poet Robert Ferguson who was thought to be an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Was at Canongate Kirk for a concert (the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir). Brilliant accoustic for a concert! Enjoyed visiting the kirk building, full of history (where at least some Scottish monarchs were crowwned).

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Nestled on the left side as you go down the High Street (Royal Mile), Canongate Kirk (also called Holyrood Kirk (trans. = Church of the Holy Cross)) quietly holds its place at the lower end of the Old Town (there are two churches and St. Giles Cathedral further up and closer to the castle), its Dutch-gabled front facade offering a... More 

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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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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.