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Canongate Kirk

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Address: 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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One of the many scary kirkyards in Edinburgh but worth a visit Unfortunately the kirk was close when we visited. The kirkyard however was open for visitors and proved to be is a... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2017
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place has some interesting people buried in the old graveyard, it is a lovely peaceful place with some good views of Carlton Hill. I particularly liked the way people had used one of the graves as a wishing pit by throwing money on the grave Adam Smith (economist and author of wealth of the nations) Robert Ferguson (Poet) is... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

One of the many scary kirkyards in Edinburgh but worth a visit Unfortunately the kirk was close when we visited. The kirkyard however was open for visitors and proved to be is a nice place to take beautiful photographs.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

worth a visit when exploring Edinburgh it is basically the start of the royal mile from one end. short walk to hollyrood park.

Thank TheHonestExplorer
Dundee, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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 

Thank Kate Y
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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