Dean Cemetery
Dean Cemetery
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighbourhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Dean cemetery is in a beautiful location near Dean village but is a bit of a hike uphill. This is a huge cemetery with lots of influential, important, interesting people like Elsie ingles, John Bellamy, Henry Cockburn, Agnes Henderson Brown, people involved with Queen Victoria, people involved with William Burke are all buried here and many more. It is worth doing a bit of research beforehand to find out exactly who is buried here and seeking them out. I wish there was a map or something as a guide, I visited at least 5 times, in search of specific memorials and still haven't found them all but there are beautiful interesting monuments but it's the ones that don't necessarily stand out that are worth seeking. There are no toilets that I could see in or around Dean cemetery so I was always on a mad dash to Princess street to find a loo, sometimes having to cut my visit short which was frustrating. But if your into historical graveyards, this is a must see.
Written 1 November 2020
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Malgorzata
12,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Dean Cemetery is quite big and beautiful. This is the kind of cemetery that you like to walk with wide paths and beautiful vegetation inviting to a relaxing walk and admire some stunning headstones. It is a very pleasant, tranquil and calming place.
Written 7 June 2019
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Present Explorers
Cape Town Central, South Africa380 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
One can take a short cut to the gallery by walking through this very large cemetery that has been very well maintained. There are graves that are very dated as well as very recent ones. It is tragic to see how many young lives were lost. Some tombstones include the professions of the deceased and there is one artistic looking tombstone belonging of course to an artist. It is a bit eerie, so helpful to have some company with you. A humbling experience.
Written 3 January 2019
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ellina520
Brooklyn, NY51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
This is a beautiful cemetery. If you are in Deans village make sure to visit. So peaceful.

There were barely any people there, and Dean Village is a must to walk around.
Written 10 October 2018
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ajm549
Aberdeen, UK215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
Not everyone's cup of tea but I think it shows an interesting insight into 18C and 19C social history. A guided tour is best although it is possible to find you way around without a guide. This is a bit harder since there is no known map and some of the people mentioned on the headstones may not be well known to international travellers. Best approached off the Queensferry Road and the small path leading down to the Dean by the Dean Bridge. There is only one way in (at the time of writing) so it is a bit of a hike to walk around to the Museum of Modern Art which backs onto it. Could take 2 hours to walk slowly round and Google the names whilst you walk. Look for the colourists and some of the more famous names and larger headstones backing on the wall with the Museum of Modern Art at the back of the cemetery. Check the website for opening times.
Written 4 July 2018
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LUCKY J
Orlando, FL694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
Dean cemetery is a Victorian cemetery located in the tranquil Village of Dean. Amazing Gothic architecture combined with mature trees with overhanging moss transforms this cemetery into a tranquil yet eerie oasis. Amazingly you can still purchase a plot at Dean Cemetery. A must view is the Gothic tombstone of Norton McGee the last chieftain of Clan McGee. Jolly Chriss
Written 12 June 2018
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Michael W
Rhode Island319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
From the point of view of a visitor (as opposed to a mourner) this is a beautiful and peaceful cemetery to explore. We actually sent more time here than at Modern Two. Wonderful monuments and memorials, both grand and humble, and well cared for grounds.
Written 2 June 2018
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eddi10c
Edinburgh, UK575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Couples
So you are probably visiting national Gallery of modern art 2...but take 30 mins to have a quiet stroll in the Dean Cemetery just through a gate.
It is a beautiful haven of tranquility and a testament to the monuments built by wealthy edinburgh residents over a couple of hundred years.
There aren't any really famous graves....unless you know your Scottish history really well...but that doesn't make it any less interesting.
A great, interesting walk!
Written 8 April 2018
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Anette K
Sandviken, Sweden25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Friends
This was an unexpected find from our walk from Dean Village. Really nice and quiet cemetary in the late afternoon. Great place to sit an rest your legs. Really worth the visit if you have the time over!
Written 12 December 2017
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Marianne MLandry
Latulipe, Canada393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
I visited the lovely Dean Village and I walked into that cemetery that is really big, quiet and beautiful. I have now a thing for graveyards!
Written 6 August 2017
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