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People's Story

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Address: Canongate Tolbooth | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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+44 131 529 4057
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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A very jolly find

So we (two adults and a child) had some time to kill before catching the train home, and took a final walk along the mile when we saw the People's Story Museum. Well what a nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
mzdave
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Nuneaton
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Nuneaton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we (two adults and a child) had some time to kill before catching the train home, and took a final walk along the mile when we saw the People's Story Museum. Well what a nice find! Spread out over three floors it tells the lives of everyday folk who lived in Edinburgh over the centuries. From everyday struggles to... More 

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Thank mzdave
Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were walking along the royal mile when we stumbled across this. It's free entry and probably spent over half an hour here. It's about the people's history in Edinburgh over the last few hundred years. Very interest and worth visiting.

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Thank kaede17
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Not too, but it gives a really good impression of how the people in Edinburgh lived in the past! Really worth a visit (the museum is free but you can give a donation).

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Thank Sharell B
Isle of Bute, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a find this museum is. It depicts life years ago in Edinburgh and is about the ordinary people and how life was for them at that time. There are lots of exhibits and much time can be spent on a wet afternoon! PS it does not need to be wet outside!

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Thank Gwen P
Deerfield, IL
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This was a nice diversion along the Royal Mile. Not a souvenir shop, so a good change of pace. Some of the dioramas were a little goofy- but what the heck. Also there were several more floors going up that we didn't check out, because our feet were just too tired LOL

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Thank irisarbor
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88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This was a free museum the day we went, I'm not sure if it's always free. It was a great treat to find along the Royal Mile. It told the lives of different job holders in Edinburgh way back when. It had personal accounts from family members of that person, and real artifacts from those people. It was a very... More 

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Thank Jered B
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This museum told the story of the lives of the people of Edinburgh. It was very easy to read the information and see the displays. The staff made us feel very welcome and were polite and friendly.

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Thank Trisha H
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is a gem of a museum. It's not very big, but it packs in a lot of information (in displays, semi-animatronics, artefacts, and reading boards) about the daily life of ordinary folk who lived and worked in the Edinburgh of old. I have visited it several times, and can't recommend it enough - well worth a visit (and it's... More 

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Thank Sandy S
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This well presented 'museum' recounts the lives of the people of Edinburgh over the centuries. It is a small attraction but provides a great synopsis of how Edinburgh changed over the years. Very interesting.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Free museum on the Royal mile. Well worth a visit. Tells the history of the people of Edinburgh through the ages. Interesting part on the different kinds of punishment of people in days gone by. Very friendly reception lady. Donations welcome.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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