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Greyfriars Bobby Memorial

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This memorial commemorates the loyal pooch who spent 14 years by his...

This memorial commemorates the loyal pooch who spent 14 years by his master's grave.

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The dog is quite small and easy to miss on the bus tour. It is worth rubbing his nose for luck when you are there.

Reviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is just a small memorial, but just a cute and sad story behind it. They are still not sure if it is true or just an urban myth, but still a nice to think about

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Brunswick, Maine
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lovely story about a dog's devotion to his owner. There seems to be a variety of stories about the dog/owner, but it is a lovely tale.

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Kent, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stop and rub his nose and get a photo. It's the thing to do, though you may have to wait until a few others finish getting their own photo first!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The dog is quite small and easy to miss on the bus tour. It is worth rubbing his nose for luck when you are there.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely story behind the Greyfriars Bobby (a Skye Terrier) but not necessarily true that rubbing his nose will bring luck and it is now reported that this is damaging the memorial. Originally the top to a water fountain with two levels one for people and one for dogs! Well worth a look when passing by the Kirk.

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Delighted to see Bobby still there after first visiting him 30 years ago. But please, people, stop rubbing his nose - before you destroy him!!! When did this silly, thoughtless practice start ‽

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're there, there are some things you must take in. It's not a must see more like a why not add it to your experience.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm sure the story has been stretched a bit, but people love their animals and it's a heart-warming, happy companion story. It made me miss my dog. Good place to visit and you should join a Free tour to find out the story. Well-worth knowing the history. =)

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St Davids, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The story of Greyfriars Bobby immortalised by the memorial to the dog near the entrance to Greyfriars is a touching one, but somewhat overblown. If you come across it you can't miss it because there'll be a crowd of tourists around the statue memorial taking pictures. Best to join a free tour of the history of old Edinburgh and have... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely tale of man's best friend and loyalty, great history, the area needs cleaning up some though, we walked through the cemetery and proved very interesting

Thank Darren236

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