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Canongate Kirk

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Address: 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 3515
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Interesting stop off

Was walking past on my way to Holyrood and stopped off for a wander round. It is a nice little kirkyard, some really interesting graves, I hadn't realised that it was where Adam... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Dundee, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Just been at a wonderful wedding in this historic kirk. The minister is clearly fascinated with the history of this building and explained the siting of an abbey then church initially on this site way back in the days of King David the First of Scotland. The history helps explain some of the iconography in the church building. Would like... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Was walking past on my way to Holyrood and stopped off for a wander round. It is a nice little kirkyard, some really interesting graves, I hadn't realised that it was where Adam Smith was buried, so that was an interesting find. I would recommend going for a look round if you're passing by.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The Canongate Kirk has an unusual architecture for Scotland with a Dutch-style end gable. Maybe this is what makes it so appealing. Certainly worth a visit when in Edinburgh.

Thank Bruce H
Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Located on the Royal Mile closer to Holyrood Palace this church also has an atmospheric graveyard surrounding it. This Presbyterian church is unusual in its Dutch Gable fronted design. The elegant windows anticipate 18th Century design and the cemetery offers a picturesque walk among the stones. Zara Phillips was married in this church. Adam Smith and David Rizzio are buried... More 

Thank DohaInternational
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The grounds in front of the church are awash with colour when the blossom is out in springtime. Interesting royal significance to the church.

Thank George M
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I was here to fnd the grave of Ebeneezer Scrooge.Thats sound peculiar as Scrooge was the creation of Charles Dickens and hence a fiction.However,as Tourists look to find the graves of Adam Smith or David Rizzio or Robert Ferguson, few know to look for Ebeneezer Lennox Scroggie,Meal Man or,as Dickens read it,Mean Man.Ironically this Meal Man ie Corn Merchant was... More 

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Portrush, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This church can be found at the lower end of the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Palace. This church is steep in history and is often visited at Sunday services by the Royal family. The church has history sheets for visitors allowing you time to explore this lovely little church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Being an economist myself this was one of the highlights of my Edinburgh trip. The tomb is located in the Canon Courtyard, in the Royal mile, so most likely you will pass by it a several times during your stay. It took me a while to find the tomb, mainly because I wanted to search for it, making the finding... More 

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Johnson City, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

About 330 years old this kirk is of a Dutch gable end style. The graveyard is the resting place of several Edinburgh notables including Mary Queen of Scots secretary David Rizzio, poet Robert Fergusson whose statue is "walking" outside on the pavement and the economist Adam Smith, so it is well worth a wander through the historic grave stones.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

The ladies at the front desk were adorable! So sweet, and clearly proud of their church. What a relief to see a light coloured, pretty church after a lot of dark stone. Fascinating graveyard too,

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Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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