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Greyfriars Bobby

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“loyal dog”(76 reviews)
“touching story”(55 reviews)
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Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, after reportedly spending fourteen years guarding his owner's grave, until his own death on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Scotland...more
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Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 510 7555
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This small Statute of a dog famed from its loyalty. It sits outside the pub of the same name and close by to the Greyfriars church yard. Tradition calls for visitors to rub the dog's nose,that's why its so shinny.

Thank Alanthebairn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Greyfriars Bobby was our favorite statue in Edinburgh. Everyone was lined up waiting to get there picture taken with Bobby.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is basically a statue of a dedicated and loyal dog.I am a dog lover so had to go here.I expected the statue to be a little more bigger but it was smaller in size.Did not really mind it..it was so damn cute.It is 10...More

Thank Ssimran
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Greyfriars Bobby is near the National Museum of Scotland. The statue is up on a pedestal so it's easy to find - that and the crowds around it. It's a great story and who doesn't like a good yard?

Thank ElmhurstBob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely little monument. its nose had the patina wore off from people rubbing it. It is next to the grey friars kirkyard.

Thank Doreen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several versions of the Grey Friars' Bobby story, but only one sweet statue right on a busy street, out from the Greyfriars' Kirk. It is easy to walk right past because the statue is about dog size on a pedestal, but typically a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The story about Greyfriars Bobby is so sweet, just like this little statue. I actually walked right by it a few times before actually seeing it. It’s across the street from Greyfriars Bobby Restaurant.

Thank Cara C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cute little statue, ouside the churchyard where he is burried... you need to know his story to apprecuate the dog.. nice photo opportunity..

Thank alisdair t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our stroll down the Royal Mile, we made a detour and stopped by Greyfriar Bobby's Statue. It was pretty popular with people stopping for photos.

Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter's favourite statue in the city. Alas he requires bi-annual repairs to fix his nose after some guides in the city spread 'rub it for luck' lies, more locals are now trying to end those rumours. Edinburgh's beautiful statue of a faithful dog.

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that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
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Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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12 August 2018|
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Response from A R |
Good question. Answer is: you wouldn't as it is a completely made-up 'tradition' thought up by some hapless tour guide. Rubbing his nose is NOT a tradition and will NOT bring you luck. Keep the residents of Edinburgh happy... More
Pauline L
11 November 2015|
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Response from desmondsdoll | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if it's an urban legend but apparently it was for photogenic reasons so the pub would be caught in the background.
11 August 2015|
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Response from ScotlandLjh | Reviewed this property |
It's not a local tradition it's something stupid made up by a tour guide trying to promote their dismal tours. Just because lots of people do it doesn't mean it's right