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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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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #20 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Very peaceful and beautiful inside. Larger than it looks from the outside. Very clean and well looked after cathedral. Lovely

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Huge, beautiful and sumptuous, this church has many banners and coats of arms of the monarchy. It is closing at 16:30 and you have to pay to visit.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide recommend that we see the only statue in the world of the Angels with bagpipes which is here at St Giles Cathedral. I happened to walk past while the Sunday sermon was being conduted and was kindly invited inside to take a seat. I eagerly took up the offer; it was beautiful and very memorable. After the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We just happened to find the cathedral while walking around the city. it's bit of the high street and its atmosphere is solemn and quiet.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was wandering the Royal Mile early on a Sunday. It was cold and damp, so I decided to pop into the Cathedral to see its interior and get out of the rain for a bit. It is a lovely church, but I was lucky enough to happen on the choir practicing for the day's service. What an incredible experience... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Reading reviews is not enough. It is far better than reviews are saying it. Actually, I do not think you can describe in your own words how great ST Giles actually is.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We arrived at the cathedral and was amazed from the start. The silence was peaceful from the hustle and bustle. Not only that the piano played and echoed through which was almost enchanting. We were greeted by a polite tour guide called Richard who told us about the history and back round of each room. A must see !

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This church cannot be missed while walking around Royal Mile. A must see attraction both outside and inside.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This cathedral must be one of the most beautiful and well maintained. The stained glass windows are magnificent. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

What a beautiful Cathedral. It's hard to miss from the outside as one walks through Edinburgh, and we must have walked past half a dozen times before we finally decided to go inside. Donations are suggested, however there is not a mandatory fee to tour that I could see. Amazing architecture. Beautiful stained glass. A peaceful step back in time.

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