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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: St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its...
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
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Gothic, dark outside but inside....

St Giles is a Cathedral in Gothic style , apparently "dark", high structures , big entrance, and inside it's great: colourful, with historical flags of the clan that made the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

St Giles is a Cathedral in Gothic style , apparently "dark", high structures , big entrance, and inside it's great: colourful, with historical flags of the clan that made the history of this Cathedral. Something to see, that's for sure

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture. Look for concerts at the cathedral. Ask for entrance to the small chapel which is locked. Guides are very helpful

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Right upfront, make the 2 pound donation to take pictures. If not, you'll be walking back to donate anyway. Beautiful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This church is on the Royal Mile and very beautiful. With lovely vaulted arches inside and lots of history it is well worth a short visit. It is free to go in but then if you want to take pictures, there is a £2 fee. Not much and it does go to supporting the maintenance fund. The stained glass windows... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Dungeons were amazing... But Saint Margaret's Chapel was my favorite. It does take a while to see everything but you are at the top making it easier to walk down The Royal Mile..

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

No charge to enter, except if you want audio guides and photo-permits. There is a rolling programme of music concerts, so check it out when you're in Edinburgh. We caught the William Jewell College concert from Missouri. Acoustics in the Cathedral make music-listening very pleasurable. There's a coffee shop, gift shop and well-maintained facilities. If you need to rest your... More 

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Upper Austria, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

On Sundays no entrance possible but on all other days nice to visit! Interesting interieur and beautiful windows!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I am not a religious man but this is a simply beautiful church. Well worth a small donation to explore.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a leisurely wander round the Cathedral then stayed for a lunchtime concert (free). Loked it all.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Visiting Edinburgh? This place is a must. We enjoyed so much in there. Would highly recommend. so historical and a great place in great city

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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.