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George Heriot's School

Southside & Holyrood
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Address: 8 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EQ, Scotland
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Imagine going here

What an amazing building, imagine going to school here! However it is still a school so I wouldn't walk around here without permission :) get a Hogwards feel by going here, very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 January 2017
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

What an amazing building, imagine going to school here! However it is still a school so I wouldn't walk around here without permission :) get a Hogwards feel by going here, very cool

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Yes i was a pupil here and of course as a kid you know the place is stunning but hey, its still classrooms up those turrets. Therefore the view on the streets plenty fine to appreciate its much mentioned Hogwarts style grandeur. Want to have a closer look? Have kids and send them.

1 Thank Laramber
Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I saw this building from the graveyard of Greyfriars church. It was described as a school so I assumed it was a Victorian Gothic style building. It turns out this is a very early building first used as a hospital in the 17th Century. It was locked when I was there and as a school I am not sure if... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

This was my school for 9 years, I was one of the "faitherless bairns" that it still offers free tuition to. It is a stunning building with the turrets, quadrangle, pend and chapel. If you can manage it, get to a doors open day, or a school open day. There are far more buildings in the grounds than you can... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

George Heriot's School is a magnificent building set on beautiful grounds. Sadly, it is not open to the public except on Open Doors day (usually the last weekend if September). The building dates back to the mid-17th century and was originally opened as a "hospital" for orphans (but in reality a school). It has been in operation ever since but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Awesome when seen after sunset. Beautifully lit, you expect harry potter to be around somewhere and othe wizzards as well!

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Angelica, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I visited friends in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and since I am a teacher, I went to the school and spoke with the Head Master. I basically asked if I could have a tour and he said yes. Two upper classmen took me around and told me about their classes, teachers, and studies. I was very impressed with... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Our friend who arranged for us to visit the school went to Heriot's. Mathis is an amazing place! And just exudes history! All of the kids were very well behaved, and faculty were very cordial. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this beautiful school that is still in use today.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

It is an elite school in use. You can't enter and visit it except the open doors day, but you can see the majestic buildind from outside and from different parts of the city. The outside aspect of the building is really beautiful.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

On a sunny evening before a Festival performance the sun shone on the war memorial and carved stones of the main, Quadrangle, building. The trouble is its constant expansion into the play ground with portacabins and other buildings. The large number of security cameras does look odd on this three hundred year old gem of a building.

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Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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