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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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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #24 of 199 attractions in Edinburgh
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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459 reviews 459 reviews
257 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

strolled pass here on Easter Saturday with 2 American friends , it is a really lovely building and my friends were happy taking a few pictures of the exterior,due to time constraints we didn't go inside but hopefully they will make it on their next visit.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Went for a visit late afternoon. It wasn't too busy so I was able to stop and look at what I wanted to without getting in peoples way. It really is a beautiful building in and out and we had the organ being played really sets the ambience. The photos attached do not do the detail and craftsmanship justice at... More

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Cordoba, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

On a sunny day, this is a really beautiful place the visit. The stained glass windows are absolutely spectacular! I've been to many a cathedral, but this one I found was refreshing. Something about it was different. It's uniquely Scottish. I was also lucky enough to stumble in during choir practice. Really, music in churches just can't be beat. I... More

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Dallas, Texas
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186 reviews 186 reviews
38 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

St. Giles is absolutely beautiful. Even from the outside, you can really get a sense that exorbitant amounts of time and skill went into creating this landmark church. I really wanted to hear the choir, but the line to get in was ridiculously long. If we had more time to burn in Edinburgh, I'm sure it would have been worth... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It is the High Kirk of Edinburgh, you will have to pay for a "licence" to take photographs or video within the confines of the Cathedral. For those of an historical bent, it is the home of the Most Ancient Order of The Thistle. It is part of the "Auld Toon" and it's history daing back to 854AD. When on... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A lovely cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows. A peaceful place to stop-off when walking up the Royal Mile. The little chapel is worth a look as it has the most amazing wood carvings.

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Delft, The Netherlands
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Lucky enough to have a sunny day in Edinburgh then head into this cathedral. The light coming through the lead light windows transforms them into works of art. Beautiful!

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Chester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I have visited many cathedrals but I was disappointed with this one. The architecture on the outside was brilliant and detail but I felt let down inside. The new organ although very nice had no character and the new chairs were too new and spoilt the overall appearance. The stain glass windows were lovely and well kept I would like... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

You will see it when you are in the way in old town and enjoy its view in the street. Have stop there.

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San Diego
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Beautiful stained glass, beautifully maintained old cathedral in the heart of old town. We stopped in for a quick visit and were glad we did.

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