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Address: Greyfriers Place, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
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+44 131 225 5429
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier,...

Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier, kept watch over his master's grave for 14 years.

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Very interesting walk through the cemetery which could be somewhat eerie near dusk. The church interior is daunting but more so is the history that was written here with the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Waldport, OR, United States
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Waldport, OR, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting walk through the cemetery which could be somewhat eerie near dusk. The church interior is daunting but more so is the history that was written here with the signing of the National Convenan

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The graveyard is beautiful with many historic and ornate tombs, and in fact my group were so interested in this that they didn't spend time in the church. I went as part of a walking tour and there are lots of stories and anecdotes to keep you entertained for a while -- about Bobby the dog, grave robbers and Harry... More 

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Wareham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cemetery has a long history but only the wealthy could afford headstones. Some examples of locked bars across graves to prevent "body snatching " in the 1800's. Quiet place with walking paths that is included in several walking tours of the city.

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Thank lmardo
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended the place as part of a ghost tour. It was a great experience and a brilliant historical insight into the history of the church and yard. Nothing paranornal experienced but also managed to see some famous names from Harry Potter :-P Beautifully kept and looked after with a eerie twist :-O Cant wait to come back

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Thank John P
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The church is nice but the grtaveyard is a riot of Victorian tomb memorials. Many draped urns but also plaques with bats carved on them, long testaments, using all sorts of different stones. Nice trees and flowers.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Free activity to kill an hour or so at. Visit Bobby the Dog's grave and also take a look at the multiple grave stones that JK Rowling and other writers have gotten their inspiration for names from. This is part of multiple walking tours, but is also good for a quick wander round in your own time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd never heard of the place until I was taken during a free walking tour of the old town. I think a tour would be the best way to experience the place as there was so many incredible stories that I would otherwise never have known.

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Thank Jake D
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Went to this Kirk graveyard by greyfrairs bobby to see his grave and also wanted see tom riddle one inspired by Harry Potter never found it as was short for time need come back and find it . Also as a church in there that tells the story of greyfrairs so interesting and lovely church this is definitely must visit... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful spring day to visit . So the flowers were in bloom and the sun was shining. As spooky as the cemetery can be, It also can be quite serene as you walk under the trees as they drop pink petals in the breeze. Entering the Church, you will see beautiful stained glass and flowers, A tiny... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place, especially during the day when the sun is out. I was taken there as part of a walking tour, i was not disappointed in hearing all the stories and history AND actually seeing the inspiration behind some of the characters from the Harry Potter films - there are actual graves with the real names of real people... The... More 

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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