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People's Story, Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh


The Canongate Tolbooth was built in 1591 in what is described as a "Franco Scottish" style. This style reflects the traditional link between Scotland and France, known as the Auld Alliance. The Tolbooth collected and administered public dues and tolls. It also served as a council building, court room and jail. Today the Tolbooth houses a museum exploring the lives of Edinburgh's working population from the eighteenth century to the present day. The collection includes objects, photographs and oral history items relating to working people. The museum has one of the world's most extensive collection of banners related to trade unionism and social reform.









Opening Times: Please use contact details below.

Address: Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Scotland EH8 8BN

Directions: The Tolbooth is in Canongate, in the Royal Mile of Edinburgh's Old Town. Walking up from Holyrood Palace at the bottom of the Royal Mile, you will pass the Tolbooth on the right.

Access: The People's Story exhibition is wheelchair accessible. There is an induction loop, and facilities for those with sight problems.


telephone: 0131 529 4057

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