Visiting the Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk is a landmark building in the heart of Edinburgh. 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.

The Kirk, Story of Greyfriars Museum and shop are open to the general public between April and October but please check our calendar before travelling.

Private/bespoke tours are available all year round.  For more information click here. Download the Booking Form.  Or check availability with the Kirk Office:  (0131) 225 1900.

And our Sunday Services are open to all.

Our knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to welcome visitors, answer any questions, show you around the building, tell you about its unique historical heritage and, of course, the real story of Greyfriars Bobby.

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. 

Group Visits (including school parties) are welcome all year round and can be arranged by appointment for a small fee. Bespoke guided tours are available and access to the Covenanter's prison is available upon request.  For more information click here. Download the Booking Form. Or check availability with the Kirk Office:  (0131) 225 1900.

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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