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Greyfriars Kirk

1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
+44 131 225 1900
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Welcome to Greyfriars Kirk, a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, where a church has stood since 1620. We are a welcoming, inclusive community, and respond to local needs in a variety of ways. Worship takes place during the week as well as on Sundays in English and Gaelic. The Kirk is also major venue for the arts and classical music, a tourist destination and through the Grassmarket Community Project, a supporter of Edinburgh's most vulnerable citizens. Our Kirkyard boasts, among many others, the graves of Joseph Black, James Hutton, Mary Erskine and most famous of all, Greyfriars Bobby. In addition, it also house the grave of a certain Tom Riddle - J K Rowling's inspiration for the character of Lord Voldemort.
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1 Greyfriars Place | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, Scotland
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+44 131 225 1900
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is something soothing about walking in graveyards... makes you feel more alive I guess! This is a really interesting and ancient graveyard and we enjoyed a cool, sunny and peaceful Sunday morning walking around here looking at the gravestones and intricately carved memorials.

Thank spwait
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

DO NOT MISS. This place is amazing. The tombs and stones are remarkable. Take the Haunted Edinburgh walking tour located by black placecards by St. Giles. The history of the grave yard is so fascinating. Possibly one million souls are interned there , in layers....More

Thank hellmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the most interesting and quite beautiful cemeteries I've ever visited. I would highly recommend going here.

Thank emnicolls
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who would have thought that a graveyard would be a tourist attraction? An absolute must visit if in Edinburgh, The gravestones themselves are very very old and the ornate design is outstanding. We came here during the day to wander and although it was not...More

1  Thank ckw311112
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love old cemeteries and the history to be found on its tombstones. The Greyfriar Kirk cemetery was likely the source of inspiration for JK Rowling, who lived nearby, as the most famous grave is that of one Tom Riddle! Free to wander around

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very interesting visit to the Kirk and also the grave yard. The history within the graveyard is really amazing and the grave stones are hundreds of years old. Bobby is buried there as well as the grave of his master it’s really...More

Thank bettybH2434XX
Reviewed 1 week ago

As there was no chance to get 4G coverage, we never got to find the correct tomb (although we found out afterwards that we were pretty close) I recommend checking a map before visiting. That said, lots of amazing tombs and graves and a very...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first thing we've visited in Edinburgh, you can easily strolled on your own or going in tour if you want to hear the stories about this cemetery. Entry is free !

Thank ShavyB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a beautiful place to visit but definitely busy which is weird to say about a graveyard. Greyfriar Bobby's grave is a must and such a lovely story.

Thank Crystal A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our friend took us round grey friars church as it has so much history attached to it. although we couldnt go in as something was going on. we did have a walk round the church yard and there was someone at the entrance of the...More

Thank tetra80
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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10 May 2017|
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Response from youngatheartseventy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can access graveyard before and after opening hours of church.