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St. Giles Cathedral

Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 225 9442
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Ranked #30 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

One of the must visit cathedrals while in Edinburgh. The interiors are highly captive and you will have a good time appreciating its beauty even if you are not much a church person. I enjoyed walking through the place and going through its adornments and art works

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

From the stained glass to the flags to the worship sections, this is a lovely church. But what I found the most interesting is that if you go in the back chapel, there are organ tubes with toys on top of them. Good to see they don't take themselves too seriously

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

St. Giles Cathedral is where John Knox preached the Reformation. It is the mother church of the Church of Scotland. It can be found on the Royal Mile, not too far from Edinburgh Castle. According to legend, St Giles was accidentally wounded by a hunter in pursuit of a hind. Pictures depict St. Giles protecting a hind from arrows, which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I paid the 2 pounds for the permit to take pictures but there were many other people who were taking pictures w/o the permit which was unfortunate. The cathedral is really beautiful with some of the loveliest stained glass windows I've seen. For the first part of my visit, someone was playing the pipe organ. The church is old and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Stunning cathedral well worth a visit. Took my two girls in here and they even love it, never said they were bored once. We also put a donation in the box and lit a candle for loved ones. Cathedral is a beautiful building well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

What a stunning and interesting place to visit! The building is stunning from the outside and beautiful on the inside very peacefull with some amazing stained glass windows well worth a visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Walking distance from edinburgh castle, on mile street. Will not miss its not so tall tower with golden hen at top. No charges here. Nobody forces you to pay for camera, they presume you are honest. Optimal number of wooden chairs inside cathedral to attend mass, as well as lot of craftwork out of wood. Imposing height of roof (as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place and very welcoming. I love coming in to the cathedral to look around because of the way the light changes it always looks different .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

A beautiful cathedral with a lovely feeling and stunning stain glass windows. No entrance free but donated to the cathedral to help keep it going. Very peace. Thank you

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit! There is no entrance fee, but please pay the £2 for the privilege of taking photos as these funds go to benefit the upkeep of this lovely and moving space,

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