Old Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Old Calton Burial Ground is a graveyard at Calton Hill, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the north-east of the city centre. The burial ground was opened in 1718, and is the resting place of several notable Scots, including philosopher David Hume, scientist John Playfair, rival publishers William Blackwood and Archibald Constable, and clergyman Dr Robert Candlish. It is also the site of the Political Martyrs' Monument, an obelisk erected to the memory of a number of political reformers, and Scotland's American Civil War Memorial.

The burial ground was altered following the construction of Waterloo Place in 1819, which divided the graveyard into two sections. Along with Edinburgh's other historic graveyards, Old Calton is managed by City of Edinburgh Council. The burial ground, including screen walls, and its monuments are protected as a category A listed building.
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  • We stumbled across this quite by accident. We were killing time before a dinner reservation. I love cemetery's - they are so peaceful and so many of them are aged. There are some lovely statues.....  more »
  • The Old Calton Burial Ground is a graveyard on Waterloo Street and most likely you'll be walking past this on the way to climbing Calton Hil. It is located near Calton Hill in the northeast of the.....  more »
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  • Quite little graveyard which houses a few people of note. Some of the graves are more like little tombs rather than just a headstone.
  • Well maintained cemetery. Quiet and poetic place.
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