Built in 1591, the picturesque Tolbooth served successively as a collection point for tolls (taxes), a council house, a courtroom and a...
Museum of Edinburgh
You can't miss the colourful facade of Huntly House, newly renovated in bright red and yellow ochre, opposite the Tolbooth clock. Built...
Downhill from Huntly House is the attractive curved gable of the Canongate Kirk, built in 1688. The kirkyard contains the graves of...
The weird and wonderful Bongo Club boasts a long history of hosting everything from wild club nights to performance art to kids' comedy...
With a Mexican-born owner and lots of Latin American and Spanish staff, it's not surprising that this colourful and lively restaurant is...
People's Story information
Lonely Planet review
One of the surviving symbols of Canongate's former independence is the Canongate Tolbooth . Built in 1591 it served successively as a collection point for tolls (taxes), a council house, a courtroom and a jail. With picturesque turrets and a projecting clock, it's an interesting example of 16th-century architecture. It now houses a fascinating museum called the People's Story, which covers the life, work and pastimes of ordinary Edinburgh folk from the 18th century to today.