People's Story

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Edinburgh , Scotland
163 Canongate
Getting there
Bus: 35
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Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat year-round, noon-5pm Sun Aug
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One of the surviving symbols of the Canongate district'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.