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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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Ranked #28 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The cathedral stands tall on the Royal Mile. It's exteriors are eye catching. Do make it a point to go inside and admire the interiors.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Well worth popping into St. Giles as you make your way up the Royal Mile - the stained glass windows and interior are very well maintained and you can also take photo opportunities as well as an escorted tour of the church

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I have visited some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world - Notre Dame, St. Peters, St. Marks, Westminster, La Sagrada Familia among others and this one rivals all but La Sagrada. The stained glass is truly breathtaking. You will need to spend 2 pounds to get a photo pass so you can take photos of it but it... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If pressed for time make this one of your stops along with the castle when walking the Royal Mile. Its worth a visit to admire the beautiful stained glass windows, numerous memorials of distinguished Scots and soldiers. There's a memorial here dedicated to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Inside the cathedral is the beautiful Thistle chapel whose walls are adorned... More

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Tagaytay City, Tagaytay, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful Cathedral! Centrally located. The interior and wood carvings were beautiful and outstanding.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Like so many of Europe's historical sites, the St Giles' Cathedral was heavily renovated in the 19th century. Fortunately, its 15th century tower made it through relatively intact. Inside, the Thistle Chapel offers some outstanding wood carvings and ornate rib vaulting, as well as many heraldic symbols representing the Order of the Thistle (a Scottish heraldic order founded in 1687).... More

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Planet Earth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Beautiful, small cathedral just off the royal mile. It was busy but expected considering how touristy the area is. They ask visitors to pay £2 in order to take pictures inside the Cathedral. I ignored this request and took pictures anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Beautiful place of Presbyterian worship right on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The history of this place goes back to a simple, parish church in 854! Extraordinary describes the interior even though it's a smallish cathedral (compared to St. Peter's at The Vatican). Well worth a visit and the gift shop stocks all manner of classy souvenirs dignified for the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Its a beautifull cathedral, very quiet and plenty of light. Will be visiting again soon. Recommend it...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The interior of this church was marvellous. Even after seeing all the grand churches of London and England, to me this was the best. Worth a stop when you are on the Royal Mile.

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