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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 529 4057
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Very interesting museum illustrating the strong social movements of Scotland - Unions and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Short and interesting

This small and free of charge museum is a collection of life stories of people of Edinburgh that... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 4057
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting museum illustrating the strong social movements of Scotland - Unions and Cooperatives. No admission and well worth a visit.

Thank Rileynico
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This small and free of charge museum is a collection of life stories of people of Edinburgh that depicture every day history of the city. It is situated in an interesting house on the Royal mile. Everything is presented in dioramas.

Thank Kasandra_Trojanska
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Located down the royal mile this is a free entry museum. It's pretty small and will take about 1.5 hours to look round. Kids might get bored as there is nothing interactive however it is highly informative. Found it an interesting insight into how life...More

Thank GuidoScotland
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We did not plan to visit this museum. It was its strange looking architecture that drew our attention when we were strolling down the Royal Mile. An amazing place that let you have a glimpse of the lives of the early days Edinburgh people. Friendly...More

Thank LionRockman
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Came to Edinburgh for 2 nights, spur of the moment. First day did the castle, old town and the Royal Mile. Second day hop on/hop off bus so what to do on our third day as train was leaving late afternoon. I had seen this...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

I loved this museum, and was sad to find out that not that many people touring Edinburgh knew about it. It gives the visitor knowledge about a dimension of life that isn't prominent in the exhibits that focus on royal history: the ordinary lives of...More

Thank bchaplin
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I came here on the spur of the moment and very glad I did. This museum for me is my favourite so far and the most interesting as its about real hardworking people from long ago growing up in Edinburgh; fishwives and housemaids, dockhands and...More

Thank weekak
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We spent a very enjoyable hour looking round this free museum which tells the story of ordinary Edinburgh people.

Thank Suzy H
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The museum is on the stops for the hop-on, hop-off buses (either the green or the red line) so it is pretty easy to get to and from. But it does require a conscious decision to get off and visit, and as a whole it...More

Thank PhilipCJ
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This was A very informative museum showing how people lived in Edinburgh over the years. How the classes intersected. The story is told using scenes set up with mannequins. Really informative and well work a visit

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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 Jered B | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's open everyday.