Greyfriars Kirkyard

Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Burials have been taking place here since the 16th century and there are a number of notable inhabitants including William McGonagall, James Craig and George Buchanan. The National Covenant which...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Kirkyard open 24 hours: Daily
  • Kirk (April to October): Mon-Fri 10:30am-4:30pm; Sat 11am-2pm
  • Kirk (November to March): Thu 10:30am-3:30pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Guided walks £1.50

  • Free Things to Do: "Look out for the mortsafes which were designed to protect graves from body snatchers like Burke and Hare."
  • 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."
  • 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 Sightseeing Because: Greyfriars Kirkyard is a beautiful sixteenth century church and cemetery with a fascinating and macabre history.
  • Best for Historic Sites Because: Greyfriars is a serene oasis which has seen much of Edinburgh's sometimes gruesome history

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