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Canongate Kirk

153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 556 3515
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Ranked #75 of 203 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is the east end of the Royal mile and everything here speaks about the history of great Edinburgh. Many courts and buildings to explore plus very close to the Holyrood and the Parliament.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

A nice area to walk around in, not quite as full of sites as some of the rest of the Royal Mile, but not bad. As with much of the street becareful walking as often the road is uneven. Overall an enjoyable place to stroll along.

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World Nomad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Worth wandering down the other end of the royal for a look around. A really under appreciated part of the city and really beautiful in spots.

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Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have been trying for 3 years to visit Canongate Kirk the church on Canongate and this year for the first time managed to time it just right. What a beautiful place it is. Surprisingly the pews are painted a pale blue colour and there are no stained glass windows but it works. A fabulous place well worth a visit.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Canongate has many interesting buildings and is at the eastern end of the Royal Mile. Many famous people are interred in Canongate Kirkyard.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

The Canongate is a great place in which to live with a wonderful community spirit. In the old days the Canongate was a separate burgh outside the city walls, the World's End pub being part of the boundary wall! The name originates from Canons' Gait or canons' walk in deference to the Canons who used to inhabit the monastery at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Wonderful Statues (outside is Robert Ferguson who inspired Robert Burns) just inside the Kirkyard is a Wow Sculpture The last Chimeara

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