Greyfriars Bobby
Greyfriars Bobby
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, after reportedly spending fourteen years guarding his owner's grave, until his own death on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Scotland, through several books and films. A prominent commemorative statue and nearby graves are a tourist attraction.
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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  • Sandra O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Found this my favourite bar I. Edinburgh in greyfriars .was immediately made welcome by the fabulous Tim who showed me to my table.he was excellent at customer service and made me feel relaxed immediately.The menu and choice of food is excellent and very reasonably priced.The portions are large and there was no waiting time between courses.The drinks are reasonable and large .Trish the manager is irish and was very welcoming and kind and chatty. She made me feel very welcome and was extremely friendly.The decor of the pub was amazing.olde world charm and style and all the staff were friendly and courteous and chatty..I returned two nights later and had a fantastic fish platter which was delicious and had an array of fish there .I will return here in a few weeks and looking forward to the hospitality that is present there.would rate this place 100. Kind regards sandra
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • FMFDOC
    16 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medicare and Bland
    Both food and service were completely mediocre and unremarkable. When we went the place was not busy, but somehow the servers rarely came by our table and set most of their time talking to each other or checking their phones. I asked for a drink refill which never came. The food was ok, but nothing exceptional or would make me want to return.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Bill K
    160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Haunted Place in Europe
    The little statue of the dog really isn't the story here. It's the church and cemetery in the back. Much history here and a great story that claims part of the churchyard is the most haunted place in Europe. The story about the dog is cool as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Terry W
    Hamilton, Canada149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't rub Bobby's nose.
    Finally got to pay homage to the Bobby. Made sure I took the advice of the locals and didn't rub Bobby's nose as they hate it when tourist's do that. A busy place to get you're photo taken as everyone else wants to do the same. The statue is right across the street from the kirkyard.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Susieq965
    Dublin, Ireland142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little place
    Such a wonderful little bar/ restaurant. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Food was delicious and had a great selection on offer. Behind the pub is greyfriers graveyard with the famous greyfriers Bobby. Highly recommend
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • jmemrich
    Sarasota, Florida88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dinner - Fun, delicious and in great location
    We stumbled onto Greyfriars Bobby restaurant after we went to the Musuem of Scotland on a Sunday afternoon. My friend and I shared a fish and chips entree. We asked for the local beer that they liked and we liked it too. Authentic Scottish cuisine and friendly servers . We will try Cullen Skink, a soup, next time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Scottish-Hidden-Gems🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💎
    Ayrshire, United Kingdom8,901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One man and his dog....
    Ever since I remember, I always went to visit greyfriars Bobby when I visited Edinburgh. I loved the story as a child and still do! It's such a beautiful memorial to such a loving dog and has never been forgotten!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to stop by
    Just outside the graveyard is the most famous statue of Edinburgh; Greyfriars Bobby. You can touch his nose for luck, but do it gentle. The pub behind the statue paid the government to move the statue around, so they are on all the pictures of the statue.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Penny
    Glasgow, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heartwarming tale
    A lovely little statue and a great story❤️ we went into the Greyfriars bar for lunch and it was so friendly there with great food. We visited the Kirk too and the church where we book a picture book of the Greyfriars Bobby story, lovely church with info about the story in an area at the back. Thank you
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
  • J-from-Marysville
    Marysville, Ohio1,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting story
    Greyfriars Bobby, the statue, is right in front of Greyfriars Bobby Bar. If you pet him or rub his nose, supposedly, good luck will come your way. His nose is pretty shiny, so I hope a lot of good luck has been given out. If you're hungry or thirsty, stop in at the bar. We enjoyed a meal there.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
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Audrey R
Blyth, UK339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Visited here for midweek lunch, we had booked a table online which means you pay a £10 deposit which is then taken off your bill when you visit.

We arrived early which was no problem and were taken to our seat, the young man immediately came back with menu's and to take our drinks order. Beer & spirit prices were much the same price as any of the other Edinburgh bars we had visited during our stay.

We decided on the fish & chips with a side order of Mac n Cheese, our meals arrived in a timely manner and were very tasty, especially the Mac n Cheese!

A good meal at a great price as this pub was taking part in the 50% off in September offer.
Written September 16, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The statue to commemorate Greyfriars Bobby is on the bridge just opposite the entrance to the famous Greyfriars Kirkyard and the pub of the same name.

Greyfriars Bobby was the Skye terrior who guarded his master’s grave for 13 years and is buried just inside the cemetery gates. His master, the policeman John Gray is also buried nearby.

People have spoilt the lovely statue by rubbing his nose for good luck so now it is worn to bronze instead of black.
Written March 14, 2020
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The small fountain statue of the cute Skye terrier is located on the street. Lots of tourists taking photos. A better photo op is a few yards to the left in front of the church. The church signage boasts ‘free admission’ but asks for a 3 pound donation. The church also boasts a Harry Potter connection but it appears to be only that some Harry Potter surnames can be found on the gravestones. The gelato place up the street to the left did a good business. Tasty gelato.
Written May 16, 2023
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jeffley33
Bolton, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
After a few recommendations we thought we would try Greyfriars Bobby, a traditional Pub in the Heart of Edinburgh. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful. We ordered Halloumi and Calamari for starters… when these came out both we could tell both weren’t fresh and had been quickly fried from frozen, one of the sauces with these was really hard and had a thick skin on, this was replaced when mentioned. Unfortunately this then left us apprehensive about the main course and whether this would be another ‘frozen - microwave’ style course. We had ordered the Toad in the Hole and the Chicken and Leek Pie for our mains, both came with Mash and seasonal veg. When these arrived they looked much better than the starters, the pie looked homemade and fresh and the sausages in the toad in the hole were perfectly seasoned and cooked. The only let down again was a frozen Yorkshire pudding on the toad in the hole. Greyfriars proved they could make excellent home cooked food with the majority of the main so it’s just a shame some of the frozen parts let it down.
Written June 9, 2021
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
You can’t miss going by the statue of Bobby for some good luck while in Edinburgh. Although, fair warning that while we were there a middle aged woman proceeded to like her hand and rub the lucky dogs nose while proclaiming “it’s got to be done” before licking her hand again and rubbing the poor dog a second time. During COVID it may be worth sanitising after a visit to Bobby, especially if you plan on rubbing his lucky nose. There’s some nutters about!
Written June 21, 2021
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Anu
United Kingdom909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
One of Edinburgh most famous historical figures is a small dog, known to the world as Greyfrairs Bobby.

Greyfrairs Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th century for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died in 1872.

The Story continues to be well known in Scotland.

This memorial was constructed in memory of this loyal dog. Dogs are indeed man's best friend.

Definitely worth a few moments to learn the feel good story behind this little dog.
Written February 14, 2020
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Kim T
Boise, ID114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
This was a very nice place with a great waiter. He seemed to be the only head waiter with a lot of junior waiters to assist. It was very busy but they were very attentive. We always had our drinks and the main waiter would stop to make us laugh. The food was good and the sticky toffee pudding was great. I would recommend this place to anyone!!
Written October 1, 2022
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Sherpa2286
Alpharetta, GA575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Stopped by for Lunch after the obligatory stop at the statue of Greyfriars Bobby. The restaurant was very busy and our new server was definitely overwhelmed. A manager finally stepped in to help. The food though was spot on with my wife having Fish and Chips and I enjoyed the Steak and Ale pie. Worth the wait to be sure.
Written March 1, 2020
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Jaye
Bath, UK8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were extremely disappointed with our experience at Greyfriars Bobby. While the atmosphere of the pub, both inside and out, enticed us in; unfortunately the service and food left us unimpressed. Firstly, we were ignored for around 15 minutes by the 'Please wait to be seated' sign whilst countless staff walked past us. Our waitress was lovely and friendly but we did not see a lot of her. Both of my drink orders came back wrong, the food took an extremely long time to come out and the one meal was missing gravy - when another table's identical meal came out immediately after with it. This problem was fixed but the 'award winning pie' was underwhelmingly bland. There were lots of staff on the floor but we felt massively ignored and left in the corner as we were not checked back on once - for another drink, to check if our meals were okay, or to simply ask if we wanted to bill.

On the flipside, the starters were nice enough, and the fish pie was delicious. I do understand that they were massively busy given the Fringe and I wouldn't normally leave such a negative review as I work in hospitality. However, this was too much even for me.
Written August 12, 2022
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We regularly visit Edinburgh at Festival time and stroll past the Greyfriars Bobby statue which is surrounded by tour groups and individual visitors with camera phones in hand reaching to touch the statue for good luck. What a change this year under covid regulations. It would be nice if the patina on the nose of Bobby was able to return to its original state, but I guess it will never happen. Not surprisingly this delightful sculpture is very popular.
Written November 13, 2020
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