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Canongate Tolbooth and People's Story Museum

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Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Nearly every city and town in Scotland once had a tolbooth. Originally a customhouse where tolls were gathered, a tolbooth came to mean town hall and later prison because detention cells were in the basement. The building where Canongate's town council once met now has a museum, the People's Story Museum, which focuses on the lives of everyday folk from the 18th century to today. Exhibits describe how Canongate once bustled with the activities of the tradespeople needed to supply life's essentials. There are also displays on the politics, health care, and leisure time (such as it was) in days of yore. Others leap forward in time to show, for example, a 1940s kitchen.

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163 Canongate, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN, Scotland

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Published 05/04/2017


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