Visiting the Kirk

Close to the National Museum of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirk is a beautiful, landmark building in the heart of the city. It has been a site of worship for 4 centuries and has played a prominent role in many of the most notable chapters of Edinburgh and Scotland's history.  Today it is a parish church and a world class concert venue, as well as, an important heritage site.  The surrounding Kirkyard is the resting place of many prominent citizens, including James Hutton, Robert Adam, Mary Erskine and Henry Mackenzie. 

Our museum tells the story of religious activity on the Greyfriars site from Franciscan times to the present day and boasts, among other artefacts, one of only a handful of original copies of the National Covenant signed in the Kirk in 1638.  You can also view the oil painting of Greyfriars Bobby by John MacLeod. 

Our knowledgeable volunteer welcomers are on hand to greet visitors, answer any questions, show you around the building, tell you about its unique history and, of course, the real story of Greyfriars Bobby.

The Kirk, the Story of Greyfriars Museum and shop are open to the general public Monday - Saturday from April - October but please check our calendar before travelling as we are sometimes closed for services and concerts.

Bespoke guided tours are available and access to the Covenanter's prison is available upon request.  Private/bespoke tours (1-9 people) are available all year round by appointment.  For more information click here. Download the Bespoke Tour Booking FormGroup Visits (10+ people) are also welcome all year round and can be arranged by appointment.  For more information click here. Download the Group Tour Booking Form. Alternatively you can contact the Kirk Office: administrator@greyfriarskirk.com  (0131) 225 1900.

School Tours are welcome and can be tailored for different ages and curriculum requirements.  For more information click here. Download the School Tour Booking Form

And our Sunday Services are open to all.

In 2012 the Kirk was awarded the prestigious 4 Star visitor attraction status by the Scottish Tourist Board / Visit Scotland.  It is also recommended by expedia Edinburgh.

Our current guides find meeting visitors both enjoyable and satisfying, and as so many important events have taken place at Greyfriars over the centuries, there is something to interest every visitor. We are always looking for new volunteers to strengthen our team.

See our volunteer page if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer!

Below are the latest images posting in our Flickr group. If you take any photos of your visit, be sure to add them to our flickr group. They might end up here on the website! 

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