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People's Story

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Old Town
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Address: Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 529 4057
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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Nice, different museum

This is a small, free museum off the Royal Mile. It was pretty different from other museums I have visited. It shared the information as a story about a resident of historic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a small, free museum off the Royal Mile. It was pretty different from other museums I have visited. It shared the information as a story about a resident of historic Edinburgh. I thought it was pretty effective in showing different aspects of life for people of all classes in Edinburgh's past. It made it very interesting to learn... More 

Thank rachael-pow
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful find - a free entry museum! Super exhibits on social history of Edinburgh, really interesting building that we will visit again on our next trip!

Thank Sophie R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great place to visit, as a resident of Edinburgh I was amazed at the quality of this little museum, even more so when I happened to see an old photograph of my dad running out of the North British Rubber Mill. Brought back so many happy times of my youth. Thank you to all the staff....

Thank Bill M
Emsdetten, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

last week during our stay in Edinburgh we chose to avoid the drizzle and visited the People's story museum which was in walking distance from our hotel. What a surprise. We were taken in back in time by the moment we entered the place. On three storeys you get the impression of former difficult life in Edinburgh. The entrance is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

So we (two adults and a child) had some time to kill before catching the train home, and took a final walk along the mile when we saw the People's Story Museum. Well what a nice find! Spread out over three floors it tells the lives of everyday folk who lived in Edinburgh over the centuries. From everyday struggles to... More 

Thank mzdave
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We were walking along the royal mile when we stumbled across this. It's free entry and probably spent over half an hour here. It's about the people's history in Edinburgh over the last few hundred years. Very interest and worth visiting.

Thank kaede17
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Not too, but it gives a really good impression of how the people in Edinburgh lived in the past! Really worth a visit (the museum is free but you can give a donation).

Thank Sharell B
Isle of Bute, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a find this museum is. It depicts life years ago in Edinburgh and is about the ordinary people and how life was for them at that time. There are lots of exhibits and much time can be spent on a wet afternoon! PS it does not need to be wet outside!

Thank Gwen P
Deerfield, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This was a nice diversion along the Royal Mile. Not a souvenir shop, so a good change of pace. Some of the dioramas were a little goofy- but what the heck. Also there were several more floors going up that we didn't check out, because our feet were just too tired LOL

Thank irisarbor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This was a free museum the day we went, I'm not sure if it's always free. It was a great treat to find along the Royal Mile. It told the lives of different job holders in Edinburgh way back when. It had personal accounts from family members of that person, and real artifacts from those people. It was a very... More 

Thank Jered B

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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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