The Canons Gait

A stylish and traditional bar set in the heart of Edinburgh's Canongate on the Royal Mile.

The Canons Gait

About The Canons Gait

232 Canongate, Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8DQ
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King David I of Scotland founded a monastery at Holyrood in 1128 and the road followed by the Canons as they moved between the monastery and the walls of Edinburgh further up the hill became the Canons’ Way or Canons’ Gait.

For many centuries the area known as Canongate remained a separate burgh, outside Edinburgh’s city walls. This made it a much more spacious and desirable place to live for the great and the good of the city, though at times it could also make it a dangerous place to live. The area was sacked repeatedly, most comprehensively by Richard II in 1380.

‘In the 1500s Mary Queen of Scots’ French tailor Jaques de Soulis lived here’. The building housing the pub is located on the site of Plainstanes Close, so called because it was paved like Canongate itself. In the 1500s Mary Queen of Scots’ French tailor Jaques de Soulis lived here.

Today The Canons’ Gait offers food all day, with a wide selection of imported lagers and traditional real ales and our cellar bar is a very popular venue particularly during the Edinburgh Festival with a full house most nights.

Upcoming Events at The Canons Gait

The Comedy Cellar

Selected dates between 21st December 2023 - 29th August 2024

Get ready for a rib-tickling night of laughter with "The Good, The Bad and The Irish," a weekly comedy showcase hosted by the hilarious Michael Porter every Thursday at The Canons Gait.


Diary Confidential

28th February 2024

Enjoy a night of nostalgia and hilarity as host Shona White and guests dig out their childhood and teen diaries to share stories, cringeworthy confessions and grand plans to take on the world.


Live events at The Canons Gait

1st March 2024 - 30th March 2024

Check out the Live events at The Canons Gait in Edinburgh Old Town, everything from music, comedy and pub quizzes!


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