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St. Giles Cathedral

Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
Phone Number: 0131 225 9442
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Ranked #28 of 458 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A veritable feast for the eye,stained glass windows.....lookout for the one dedicated to Robert Burns,magnificent carvings,memorial plaques and statuary a masterpiece of its kind,awe inspiring!!!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited St Giles recently and were most impressed with the beautiful interior. The wood carvings and coloured glass windows were amazing. The Thistle ceiling off the main area was absolutely awe inspiring.

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New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Out of all the cathedrals that I have been to, this was by far my favorite. It is so beautiful and you really feel like you've been transported back in time. Be mindful that they charge a fee for taking photographs, I think it was 2 pounds.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

St Giles is a lovely Cathedral, with some of the best stained glass windows I've seen. They are clearly cared for to a very high standard. The general atmosphere is pleasant, reasonably quiet. Sadly there's little in the way of information inside the cathedral, some small notices / info boards (which could be removed for services) would be helpful. I... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

On a recent visit to the city I paid my usual visit to the Cathedral to light candles for my family. As usual the atmosphere was reverend and calming. There was a beautiful band rehearsing which added to the experience.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This cathedral was really beautiful the stained glass was incredible, I was absolutely captivated and entranced, it was a wonderful surprise as from the outside you cannot imagine how beautiful it is when you go inside. Well worth a visit

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This is a well worth visit as it must have some of the best stained glassed windows that I have seen in many Cathedrals

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Kinsale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A great stop along the Royal Mile where you can rest you legs, for free, and admire the sensational architecture and jewel like stained glass windows -particularly beautiful. We were fortunate to arrive just as a violin and piano recital was starting, again for free, and it was truly excellent. we ended up staying about one and a half hours... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Popped in here because we saw the sign that said cafe and we needed a brew. Intresting church and very welcoming. Signage for the cafe is poor its vascally at the rear of the church down some steps. Cafe was good food and service great.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

A great visit.Ambience delightful. Some potent memorials to the military - the historical narrative is impressive.

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