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St. Giles Cathedral

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Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9442
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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An interesting and iconic place to visit .We were fortunate enough to be there while a lunchtime music concert was in progress and this added to the atmosphere .There is an audio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

An interesting and iconic place to visit .We were fortunate enough to be there while a lunchtime music concert was in progress and this added to the atmosphere .There is an audio guide you can purchase but we just wondered around and read the plaques and took in the history of the place .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth a look in. The stained glass windows are magnificent and there is much to see in this beautiful old church. Be sure to put some money in the donation box as it is free to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This is the cathedral right down from the castle. Accordingly, I gets a lot of visitors. A very well kept building and picturesque stained glass windows. It was very busy with visitors, but they don't charge an admission fee. Instead if you desire to twke pictures, they ask you to pay for the privilege (2£). Smart and a good idea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I wonder how many folk walk past this cathedral but never go in ? Entry is free though people should really leave a donation in one of the boxes should they wish to enjoy the building. The stained glass windows are breathtakingly beautiful as is the ceiling architecture. Being a fully operational Cathedral, it's a nice place to go for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Whilst the main body of the cathedral is an interesting place, a successful mix of old and new make an effort to access the Thistle Chapel. It's kept locked but a chat with the volunteers manning the desk at the front can usually gain you access to view some stunning carving and 2 angels with bagpipes. The volunteers are really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, history-filled and a free tour certain days. Liked learning about the centuries of history (John Knox etc) in this place. Right in downtown Edinburgh.

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Alma, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

St. Giles is such a beautiful cathedral! The Cathedral host many performing musicians and offers free concerts after he noon service and in the evenings. Go in, sit quietly and let the music help you experience the Cathedral as it should be experienced!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

popped in looking for somewhere to sit down and was delighted by the beautiful architecture and learnt about the history of the place. The café in the crypt should not be missed with its home made food.

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It gives a feeling of a very sociable and functional church at the heart of the Royal Mile. There is a heart-shape carved on the pavement just before the entrance of the church. Our guide told us that this is the spit spot people pit onto to protest the goverment and taxes for houndred of years and they still do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Awed by the overall beauty of the cathedral while enjoying a classical piano concert. Definitely a must see.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.