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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 529 4057
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Social and political history

It started to rain as I walked down the Royal Mile and I sought refuge from the deluge in this... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rossendale, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fascinating and essential intro to city

A great place to start your tour of the city. Insight to history of town and especially the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
via mobile
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“free museum” (20 reviews)
“small museum” (11 reviews)
“royal mile” (45 reviews)
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Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 4057
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It started to rain as I walked down the Royal Mile and I sought refuge from the deluge in this small municipal run museum. I have to say this would not be on my list of places to visit in Edinburgh but I was pleasantly...More

Thank Nigtay62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to start your tour of the city. Insight to history of town and especially the people. Helps understand other aspects of city

Thank Beccib21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little gem told the people's story of Edinburgh, from the different types of workers and how things were for them, to how people lived and different events which happened and impacted on them. I found it quite interesting to potter around, it's not very...More

Thank tanky
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is free. It is a well designed and very interesting museum with excellent period-set displays. The short personal stories are an excellent touch. This place is well worth a visit. You will get a glimpse into the misery Edinburgh once was for thousands.

Thank AllanKPB
Reviewed 6 May 2017

A truly lovely museum and very evocative of the lives and times of the people. Wish we had had more time to read all the information so time-wise is up to the individual. Next time we are in Edinburgh will revisit and spend that time...More

1  Thank Terence K
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Loved this museum so much. It's in a historic toll booth, which is interesting alone. What is wonderful about this museum is that it's about the history of real people in Edinburgh. The masses if you will. All too often, museums honor the homes and...More

1  Thank Jade98
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum and felt it was well run and informative. Could do with the video up dating as it is 30 years old. Well done.

Thank PaulAmy2014
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Really interesting museum going through the history and times of how the people of Edinburgh lived through the different era's. .

Thank Tef66
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

A delightful little museum, and free entry! Tells the story of ordinary Edinburgh folk over the years: a fascinating insight into the social history of the city. Only let down is it all seems to stop in the 80's, could do with a bit of...More

1  Thank Sarah Z
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This one was a nice stop but we'd just seen bunches of stuff so we flew through it rather quickly. Nonetheless, it was totally cool like being at Disneyland without the animation. It was a nice contrast to the display case version of history. I...More

Thank VicCosentino
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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is this open on a Saturday?
6 December 2016|
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Response from Jered B | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's open everyday.