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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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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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St Giles Cathedral is on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh and is a very famous Cathedral. It is very beautiful inside and well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

St Giles Cathedral is on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh and is a very famous Cathedral. It is very beautiful inside and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

What can I say! I am always amazed and mesmerised with the architectural of medieval cathedrals. Amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Can't believe I have been to Edinburgh so many times and missed this architectural gem. This is a relatively simple but beautiful cathedral with some stunning stained glass windows that only come to life when you are inside the cathedral. When you are walking up the Royal Mile instead of being distracted by the shops, bars and tours you should... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

a must even if you are not into cathedrals like me. The stained glass windows are just stunning. You don't have to spend hours to appreciate that.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Having visited Edinburgh many times, this was the first time we had been inside St Giles Cathedral. The architecture inside is very much as you would expect of a cathedral of this age, but the stained glass windows are stunning, and it's worth a visit just to admire these. You aren't allowed to take photos inside unless you buy a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Popped in here for a quick look around. Not a huge amount to see but it is always interesting to look around. I would definitely recommend popping in if you have a spare few minutes.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Another beautiful cathedral with Cafe and Toilet, important tourist amenities. It was nice to hear the priest pray at 12 noon, and his intercessory prayers. We found it uplifting to share the Lords Prayer with other visitors from around the world. It was a popular place. The priest was also available to talk to after the prayers, which was good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Free entry! Not like St Paul's and Westminster Abbey! Sometimes there are choirs practising and that is a such a joy. Calm place amid the bustle of the Royal Mile and worth a visit. Nice cafe too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of the smaller cathedrals in the UK, but the simplicity and beauty make it worth a visit. Most notable is the Thistle Chapel, a recent (early 20th century) addition, where the 16 members of the Order of the Thistle have been persoanlly inducted by the Queen within the chapel. Vandals who have stolen objects in recent years,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Going back hundreds of years, yet maintains active services. A beautiful building forming a cornerstone in Edinburgh old town

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Additional Information about St. Giles Cathedral

Address: Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9442
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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.