The Story Of Greyfriars Museum

Most people who come to Greyfriars come because of the tale of Greyfriars Bobby, or because of the influence that J K Rowling drew from wandering round the Kirkyard (the grave of a certain Tom Riddle can be spotted, if you hunt for long enough). But there is far more to be discovered inside...

Greyfriars Kirk is historically important - it saw the signing of the National Covenant in 1638, and boasts of being the first church built in Edinburgh after the Reformation. An American flag - once hung in the White House - hangs in the church, and was gifted as a cemmemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in the New World, as this took place on the same day that the Kirk was completed: Christmas Day, 1620.

Greyfriars Bobby, however, is not forgotten: his own grave lies just beyond the entrance (filled up with sticks left by admirers), and his statue sits opposite the church gates on Candlemaker’s Row.

Following improvements made to the Kirk in 2012 and the setting up of the meuseum, we were awarded 4* status by Visit Scotland and the Scottish Tourist Board. The Kirk, Museum and Shop are open from April to October, 10.30am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 11.00am until 2.00pm (Saturday). Times can vary due to private events, so it is always best to check the diary first. Some 20,000 to 25,000 local and international visitors come each year and entry is completely free. 

Please see our Tours page for information on visiting outside these dates.