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Greyfriars Kirk is a beautiful sixteenth century church located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. It is surrounded by a churchyard in which over 80,000 people have been interred since it was... Read More
Greyfriars Kirk is a beautiful sixteenth century church located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. It is surrounded by a churchyard in which over 80,000 people have been interred since it was dedicated in 1561. One of its most famous residents is Greyfriar's Bobby, a loyal Skye terrier who refused to leave the grave of his owner and who was cared for by local people until his death. He is immortalized in a lovely statue located just outside the entrance to the churchyard. Greyfriars also has a darker history. The church was the site of the signing of the National Covenant in 1638 and the churchyard the site of "Covenanter's prison" where hapless soldiers on the losing side of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1679 were interred and executed on the orders of Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie (aka "Bluidy Mackenzie") whose poltergeist now reputedly haunts the area.
- Daily Open 24 Hours
- Guided walks £1.50
- Sightseeing, Historic Sites: "If you are of a daring disposition you can visit the covenanter's graveyard at night with one of Edinburgh's ghost tours and brave the Mackenzie poltergeist."
- Free Things to Do: "Look out for the mortsafes which were designed to protect graves from body snatchers like Burke and Hare."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Greyfriars Kirkyard is a beautiful sixteenth century church and cemetery with a fascinating and macabre history.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Greyfriars Kirkyard has a real atmosphere and it's a wonderful place to explore, with many interesting stories to tell.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: Greyfriars is a serene oasis which has seen much of Edinburgh's sometimes gruesome history