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Greyfriars Kirkard Tour - Explore the Covenanters' Prison whenever you want!

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Greyfriars Kirkyard has many wonderful monuments, tombs and gravestones but the stories behind the people buried here are just as fascinating as their memorials. You'll get to 'meet' some of the most famous people in Edinburgh's history. There are over 150,000 people buried here and we've got some fascinating stories! Greyfriars has an eclectic mix of Old Edinburgh characters. From one of the men involved in the first game of golf to be covered by the press, to the top judge in Scotland, this intruiguing historic Edinburgh attraction has it all. You'll 'meet' a supporter of the Jacobites who insisted that he was buried with a crate of wine which was to be dug up and drunk when the Jacobites regained the throne. Then there's the story of the man who acted as regent for the infant King James VI...and who was executed for his role in the assination of James' father, Henry, Lord Darnley. We also give you a chance to explore a mortsafe cage which was built to try and stop the bodysnatchers who undoubtedly roamed Greyfriars Kirkyard in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. One of the most famous anatomy 'dynasties' is buried here, Alexander Munro (primus) and his son, Alexander Munro (secundus) are buried here although the third in the line is buried elsewhere. Munro Jr was the anatomist who started the dissection on the body of William Burke, part of the infamous 'Burke and Hare' partnership. No visit to the burial ground would be complete without a detailed look at the Covenanters Prison and its tragic tale. If you like golf then you'll love finding out about one of the men who played in the first golf match to be covered by a newspaper...but you might be horrified to hear of his life and grisly death at the hands of a lynch mob. We also pay a brief visit to the tombs relating to the story of the famous 'wee dug' - Greyfriars Bobby! You didn't think we'd leave him out did you...