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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: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Beautiful cathedral

The cathedral is very beautiful and for a small charge you can take all the pictures you want.. Sadly the chapel had been vandalized a lot of times so that was only open around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is very beautiful and for a small charge you can take all the pictures you want.. Sadly the chapel had been vandalized a lot of times so that was only open around midday with a guide showing you around... We got there late in the day so missed out on that...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This cathedral is beautiful...a lovely quiet spot to sit down and take it all in. The gift shop workers are also very polite!

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Fabulous building on a small scale. The vaulted ceilings were perfect and the amazing stained glass windows beautiful. Worth popping in for a calming experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It's very imposant, beautifully decorated church. It's on the top list for all visitors of Edinburgh and is one of the highlights of the Royal Mile. Don't miss the angel with bagpipe, but don't believe, if guide will tell you, this is the only one in the world. There is at least one more in Rosslyn Chapel!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

For a nice respite in beautiful surroundings, you couldn't do better than St. Giles Cathedral. Before you enter, there's a lovely sculpture of the saint in the plaza that features the most beautiful stags on prancing up to the sky on their hind legs. Catch the silhouette for a great photo! Inside the tomb of Robert Louis Stevenson, among others,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit and useful to see such an attractive place of worship. The disappointment was the very poor cellar café that is dull, cold and overpriced. Not a place to encourage visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Situated on the Golden Mile you may as well take a small amount of time to take in this free attraction (donations welcome). Lovely stained glass windows. Nice cafe in the basement/rear of the place too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide Stuart Usher pointed out how the church had been refurbished and also the new organ. We walked through the interior and he could tell us about Jenny aged des and the thrown chair, the new stained glass in Burns' honor and more features. The church is beautiful, and we visited it again later. Note the heart I.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful walk thru St Giles on a gorgeous spring day. The light was flowing through the stained glass windows. A wonderful walk thru the past. It is an easy walk and visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Was here as a young girl in 1981. I was in awe of it then, but mainly because I was a country bumpkin, living in a remote area of Scotland and had never seen the like before. I hadn't been in Edinburgh since then, and I really wanted to go and see it again on a recent trip with my... More 

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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.