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.

We are also now open to visitors on some Thursdays in our Winter season (November to March) from 11am - 3pm. We are open for the following dates for the remainder of 2017:

2 November

16 November

23 November

30 November (until 2pm)

7 December

Our Sunday Services are open to all.

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

For information about tours and how to book them please visit to the 'tour' section of the menu. We welcome school groups, private and group bookings.