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“Beautiful by day, spooky by night!”
Review of Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk
Ranked #44 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We rented an apartment that backed onto Greyfriars Churchyard and could hear the many tours going round telling tourists about Greyfriars Bobby from the kitchen window. The churchyard is very tranquil and on a sunny day people sit and eat lunch or lie on the grass but at night it was very dark and spooky. Then the ghost tours start! The church itself is beautiful and dates from the early 17th Century. Inside there is a small exhibition about the history of the church and land of Greyfriars a d the guides are very helpful and informative.

Thank LouisaJP
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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.

Thank Nicola K
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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.

1  Thank Bwallaceky
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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.

1  Thank etherius
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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.

2  Thank Bobsatravellin
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