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Greyfriars Kirk

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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...more
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1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
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All reviews harry potter grave stones buried here jk rowling resting place beautiful church flodden wall interesting graves old church skye terrier elephant house covenanters prison steeped in history ghost tour worth a visit walk around lots of history
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This location is peaceful but very close to the Royal Mile. It contains the graves of Greyfriars Bobby and his master with a lot of information and small museum. The church is open to visit also and you can walk around the church yard on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mylorddwc
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had done a lot of research before going to Scotland and was very familiar with its history. So much of what is tied to Edinburgh’s history can be experienced here. greyfriars Bobby is certainly not the only thing to see...church and grounds are so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brenda J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours reading the headstones. Graverobbing was common at one time and you can see the many methods used to thwart those efforts.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank marcormerod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grey friars kirk yard is named after greyfirars Bobby (a small dog famous Scottish dog) where you can see his grave and many others that were inspiration for many of the names in Harry Potter. I recommend going as part of a ghost tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history packed into a fairly small space. Not JUST the Greyfriars Bobby story but plenty of other interesting and historic characters to be discovered here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alan D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a graveyard but it attracts many visitors. Some visitors turn up after dusk. Fans of Harrypotter will find some of the names on the tombstones familiar.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lowbk
Reviewed December 16, 2018

The church is worth a visit but the graveyard is really the place to go. There is the tomb of William MacGonogall the worst poet or so we've read. There are lots of the names on the tomb stones that appear in Harry Potter. They...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank t e r
Reviewed December 14, 2018

Whether you are here to find the “inspiration” for characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or simply wish to stroll through history this church and graveyard will be worth your time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JanetJulia
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

After reviewing places and watching people’s vlogs we decided to have a walk round the graveyard. Some of the graves are amazing and huge. Reading about the deceased persons was fascinating. The Harry Potter linked stones are not easy identifiable but I used YouTube and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul9107
Reviewed December 11, 2018

August 2013, trip with our family of seven. Significant in our quest to visit many Scottish Reformation sites and history of the Covenanters. We were able to see the jails on site where the Covenanters were kept when they spoke up against the English church...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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-flavoured 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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Response from youngatheartseventy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can access graveyard before and after opening hours of church.