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Greyfriars Kirk

1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
+44 131 225 1900
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Welcome to Greyfriars Kirk, a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, where a church has stood since 1620. We are a welcoming, inclusive community, and respond to local needs in a variety of ways. Worship takes place during the week as well as on Sundays in English and Gaelic. The Kirk is also major venue for the arts and classical music, a tourist destination and through the Grassmarket Community Project, a supporter of Edinburgh's most vulnerable citizens. Our Kirkyard boasts, among many others, the graves of Joseph Black, James Hutton, Mary Erskine and most famous of all, Greyfriars Bobby. In addition, it also house the grave of a certain Tom Riddle - J K Rowling's inspiration for the character of Lord Voldemort.
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1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fascinating graveyard with lots of interesting and very old gravestones. Normally very busy due to Harry Potter fans or people looking for the memorial of Greyfriars Bobby. The guides have a lot of interesting tales to tell and it is worth your while to take...More

Thank hibs78
Reviewed 6 days ago

nice little place to visit. try and get on a guided tour, or eavesdrop!. some really interesting stories

Thank tadrhino
Reviewed 1 week ago

I made two visits, both times on a tour: a night visit on a ghost tour and a day visit on a Harry Potter tour. I wandered on my own a bit as well - very interesting place with plenty of history. Beautiful views.

Thank Tea B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My interest in this church started with my first boss he was an elder of this Kirk. He told me all about this church and that Greyfriars bobby master grave is in the grounds . Greyfriars bobby is now in the grounds too he stay...More

Thank Alan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wandered through on our own, but were able to casually follow a tour in progress to learn more about the grounds. It seems like there are tours constantly running on the grounds via cruise excursions, etc. so just wander along with them as needed....More

Thank celeste b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this place twice on 2 different tours (1 at night and 1 during the day). It's so different from being there in person. What a great experience.

Thank Melaida C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Taken by a tour guide, loved visiting Bobbys grave and that of his master.Added bonus of finding gravestones with names that JK Rowling used for some of her Harry Potter characters but muddy in places but it was January so boots essential.

Thank R D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very impressive place lovely view of the part of the city. Green and charming to be recommended in good weather

Thank mariannekY7927KA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this area many times both during the day and on Ghost Walks on an evening (Spooky), so much atmosphere and love the story of Grey Friars Bobby. Many links to Harry Potter for fans of the novels.

Thank Karen T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I try to visit cemeteries wherever I can, and I can say that Greyfriars is definitely near the top of my list! It's great to wander around and see the interesting stones, and of course look for the ones that influenced JK Rowling. I highly...More

Thank thewishfire
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
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May 9, 2017|
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Response from youngatheartseventy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can access graveyard before and after opening hours of church.