Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh, Photos, Building, Location, History, Images

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh : Architecture

post updated 23 May 2022

Historic church building located off George IV Bridge in the heart of the capital city of Scotland, UK

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Greyfriars Kirk – photos © Adrian Welch 2006

Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh

Date built: 1620 approximately

Address: Greyfriars Place, off George IV Bridge

Location: Edinburgh Old Town, near the Museum of Scotland

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Greyfriars Kirkyard – images © Adrian Welch, 2006

Please note: the churchyard is used by a range of people to hang out so please take care.

Tombs to some famous Edinburgh people are located here. Famous Scottish architects inlcude Robert Adam and his father William Adam, and James Craig, architect of Edinburgh New Town (see inscription image above, 3rd from left)

Greyfriars Bobby – his grave is at the entry, that of his Master’s easily missed to the right, north of the entry:

Greyfriars Bobby
Greyfriars Bobby – photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Buildings near Greyfriars Kirk include:
Augustine Church

St Giles Kirk

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Greyfriars Kirkyard photographs © Adrian Welch 2006

William Adam Mausoleum + info on the work of the many Adam family architects:

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Greyfriars Kirkyard photos © Adrian Welch 2006

Candlemaker Row – located just North of the historic churchyard, facing onto the Grassmarket.

Greyfriars Bobby is the subject of a few films, one being made around 2005. Another Edinburgh area film subject is Rosslyn Chapel, as featured in the Da Vinci Code.

Buildings fairly close to Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh include:

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
picture © Adrian Welch

Museum of Scotland
Museum of Scotland photograph
photograph © Adrian Welch

Scott Monument
Scott Monument
photo © Adrian Welch
The Monument, like much built work in Edinburgh, used to be soot black. However the Binny Sandstone is now restored (with input from local architecture practice LDN Architects), with author Sir Walter Scott and his beloved dog Maida glowing white in their regal chair of Carrara marble.

Royal Mile Edinburgh : buildings

Edinburgh Churches

Former Greyfriars Hostel : residential apartments

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