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Greyfriars Bobby Memorial

Greyfriars Kirk Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
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This memorial commemorates the loyal pooch who spent 14 years by his master's grave.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“loyal dog” (58 reviews)
“dog lovers” (47 reviews)
Greyfriars Kirk Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed yesterday

The statue is cute no doubt and story is compelling, however do visit the church down the alley and explore the cemetery as well to get the big picture. See if you can find the graves of McGonagal and Tom Riddell from Harry Potter fame.

Thank RC30319
Reviewed yesterday

seen the film and this made it all the better to actually visit the site-was raining on the day but still lots of visitors and photos being taken. pet lovers will understand it more as this is how you would want to remember a loving...More

Thank bayrammrbayramb
Reviewed 2 days ago

My partner and I visited the Greyfriars Bobby Memorial on our holiday to Edinburgh, and it was truly lovely. As someone, who didn't know the story of the Bobby before this trip, I found it very moving... This little dog visited and guarded his owner's...More

1  Thank alexandroscook
Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely wee statue which attracts so much attention. His wee nose is worn away but the constant rubbing. Does it bring good luck? God only knows. Worth a wee look if you are passing by.

Thank maureen w
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very fitting and humble memorial to a very loyal dog. The story that accompanies the statue is well worth discovering.

Thank SueBish59
Reviewed 3 days ago

Interesting folklore surrounding this dog - some stories would have you think he was a loyal companion to his dead master, others would have you think he was just there for the meat and his master wasn't even buried here. Unclear what the real story...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed 4 days ago

This prominent commemorative statue is a tourist attraction. In 1873, the English philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts was charmed by the story and had a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue (commissioned from the sculptor William Brodie) erected at junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Remember the movie...so wonderful to verify it was a true story. A wonderful story with a happy ending. Close in town.

Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 5 days ago

This just a tiny statue of a black dog with historical significance. The tourists love it for taking selfies because it is just on a main street.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A sweet monument with a touching story. I was glad to see it. It's near the pub of the same name. We were unable to get seats at this busy place.

Thank Splanky
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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Pauline L
12 November 2015|
Response from desmondsdoll | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if it's an urban legend but apparently it was for photogenic reasons so the pub would be caught in the background.
11 August 2015|
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Response from ScotlandLjh | Reviewed this property |
It's not a local tradition it's something stupid made up by a tour guide trying to promote their dismal tours. Just because lots of people do it doesn't mean it's right