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“A look at life in Edinburgh through the years.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of People's Story

People's Story
Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland (Old Town)
0131 529 4057
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Ranked #98 of 460 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Bradford, United Kingdom
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“A look at life in Edinburgh through the years.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Bearing in mind this is a free attraction I thought it was really good and interesting. Not only does it look at life in Edinburgh hundreds of years ago it also looks at more recent things (eg the building of council houses) Its definitely worth a visit. A lot of work has clearly gone into collecting all the information, pictures and resources.

Visited September 2013
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“Unimpressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It was free so not a waste of money, but it was old and not very well done in my opinion. Pretty ho hum.

Visited July 2013
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Skala Kallonis, Greece
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“How Scottish people used to live”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

People's Story contains some interesting exhibits on how normal, middle-class Scottish people used to live in years gone by; Men at a pub after a footy match, while their wives drank tea and waited for their children who watched a matinee at the cinema; How their houses looked on the inside, one wife, whose husband was possibly away at war, washing and hanging her small son's laundry all over the kitchen, cooking recipes spread out on the kitchen table, while the cat slept under her wood stove.
The actual building which houses this museum has a lot of character, so very old that its floors squeak as you walk on them, which only add to the whole atmosphere of the place. It is free to enter, can be seen in 30 mins, located at the end of the Royal Mile, don't go out of your way to come here, only if you're in the near area.
There is a church on the one side of the museum, which was closed, and a small walled garden, called "Dunbar's close garden" right after, which is really quiet and secluded and great for a short rest before returning to the Royal Mile. And there is also a small free museum straight across the road which is also well worth a visit, as it houses a great collection of silver, weaponry, and is also housed in a beautiful old building, and is kept in much better condition than People's Story.

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting wee gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you are ever having a wee wander down the Canongate, you must pop into The People's Story. You could also include it in your visit to Holyrood Palace as its on the way. It's full of interesting information about the lives of Edinburgh folk, their livelihoods, struggles etc. some fabulous exhibits and child friendly too. The staff here are equally interested in the visitors and go out of their way to inform you of other facts and information about Edinburgh past and present. It's free but there is a donation box just inside the entrance door. Dig into your pockets and make whatever contribution you can to keep this place free and available to locals and tourists alike.

Visited July 2013
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“worth popping in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We encountered this museum on the Canongate Tollbooth - which is free to enter (although you can give a donation) - on our way back up the a Royal Mile from the Parliament building. Having decided not to do Holyrood House, we thought this might offer an interesting and alternative perspective and we weren't disappointed.

With displays featuring the key Edinburgh trades, a range of objects relating to the trades organisations, friendly societies and unions, and a collection of banners from various political reform groups, it provides an insight into the working and social lives of ordinary Edinburgh folk from the late 1700s to the modern day.

Visited July 2013
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