Greyfriars Kirkyard

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • Address: 1 Greyfriars, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2QQ, United Kingdom, EH1 2QQ
  • Timings: 10:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1312251900
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Tomb, Community And Government, Cemeteries, Landmarks

Greyfriars Kirkyard - Review

Greyfriars Kirkyard is famous churchyard with adjoining graveyard in Edinburgh located in the lap of the nature with perfect solitude. The clam and serene atmosphere present there makes the place a famous tourist destination in Scotland.

The big glass windows of the church with the entrance made of rock make it a real heritage of Scotland. Gaelic services are still regularly held in the churchyard. Many royal personnel of Scotland have been buried under the earth. The story of the Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who acted as a porter to its masters grave adds to the curiosity of the place. One can find many tombs made of stone inside the graveyard like the monument of George Mackenzie.

Unnumbered graves are scattered throughout the kirkyard. Most of the graves are covered with stone tombs while the other graves are protected with iron cages. Many martyrs graves are found in this kirkyard, with their names and the details of their heroism engraved upon the marble tombs. The graveyard is attractive to those who want some peace and solace amidst nature.

Greyfriars kirkyard is one of the main tourist attractions to visit and should definitely feature in you UK Itinerary 2 Weeks

Greyfriars Kirkyard Information

  • Closed On occasion.
  • Take the ghost tour if you dare! It is certainly recommended.

How To reach Greyfriars Kirkyard by Public Transport

  • Bike to the cemetery

Restaurants Near Greyfriars Kirkyard

  • Frankenstein Pub
  • Cq's
  • Merchants Restaurant

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  • Greyfriars Kirkyard Address: 1 Greyfriars, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2QQ, United Kingdom, EH1 2QQ
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard Contact Number: +44-1312251900
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard Timing: 10:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Greyfriars Kirkyard: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Edinburgh include Greyfriars Kirkyard in their plan

  • 59.48% of people start their Greyfriars Kirkyard visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Greyfriars Kirkyard

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

69.27% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Greyfriars Kirkyard

People normally club together Edinburgh Castle and National Museum Of Scotland while planning their visit to Greyfriars Kirkyard.

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  • Beautiful and spooky cemetery in Edinburgh. My walking tour guide Erik told me that many strange things happened in this cemetery especially in the night. However during the day it seems pretty nice place to visit. It has a beautiful garden, many trees and a church.

  • As a Harry Potter fan, this was definitely on my list and I was not disappointed. I also have a thing for graveyards soooo I loved Greyfriars.

  • Admittedly this place wasn't even on my radar as a place to visit but my friend took me here explaining the history surrounding this place. It's a very interesting on at that, I would highly recommend exploring it and seeing what it has to offer.

  • A phenomenal place to appreciate and learn the different means of remembering those at rest in Greyfriars. The graveyard contains tens of thousands of people, from criminals without headstones to some of Scotland's wealthiest people. The rich & influential have the most elaborate headstones and mausoleums (grave houses).

  • The amount of history and beauty in the small area is amazing. So very worth taking a couple hours to wander through.

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