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“Lovely” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greyfriars Church

Greyfriars Church
Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus
Ranked #26 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier, kept watch over his master's grave for 14 years.
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Lovely story about the dog and creepy story about the covenanters and the mackenzie poltergeist! Worth a visit to see it if you are in that area.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stopped here along a walking tour and decided to come back later. Of course we heard about Greyfriars Bobby, but we were more interested in the history of the Covenantor's Prison. Our tour guide also explained the skull and crossbone image found on several tombstones indicated a death associated with the plague. Also, for the Harry Potter fans out there, you can find a tombstone for one Thomas Riddell. JK Rowling wrote the first books in a cafe not too far away.

Visited July 2013
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Bismarck, Missouri
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“Most Haunted”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Greyfriars Church hosts the Covenanter's Prison, the Black Mausoleum, and the MacKenzie tomb... all extremely haunted sights explored on television programs dealing with the paranormal. There is only one tour group that can get access to portions of the location, but the graveyard is historic and contains a great deal of historical interest.

Here is a location that inspired the likes of Stevenson, Stoker, and Dickens.

Visited June 2013
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Glenfinnan, United Kingdom
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“Extensive and interesting graveyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Quite surprised by the extent of the graveyard with Covenanter's Prison and the remains of the old town walls. Some very famous people buried here including the famous architects from the Adam family. A pleasant and peaceful spot and quite inspiring.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
“Just O.K.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The churchyard is right next to the Greyfriars pub. You can see Bobby's grave near the entrance although the dog is not buried there. There is some historical value to it but not much else. It took us 5 minutes to see. I would not recommend going there just for the graveyard.

Visited June 2013
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