Built in 1591 to collect tolls as people entered the city, this building also served as a prison. Today it houses the People's Story Museum and is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Royal Mile.
Tolbooth is a Scottish word for courthouse or jail. Canongate Tolbooth on the Royal Mile is an old stone house from 1591. It now houses the museum People’s Story, which shows the life of the ordinary people of Edinburgh for the last couple of hundred years. On the upper floor there is a videofilm.
Entrance is free.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday between 10 - 17.
The center of Edinburgh is clearly divided in two parts, the Old Town and the New Town. The first is a chaos of beautiful buildings that stretches along the Royal Mile and the meandering streets on its sides.
The New Town is a kind of urbanistic experiment, an ideal town of the XIX century, with its regular pattern of streets and buildings and gardens ( Princess Street, Princess Gardens.. etc )
Edinburgh is built around, and defined by, the east-west axis of the Royal Mile.
This is the main street variously called Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate that extends from Edinburgh Castle in the west to the Scottish Parliament Building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the east.
This Church has been a burial place of many famous edinbourghers since 1680. The most famous of which is Adam Smith