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

Nice cathedral in the centre of Edinburgh Old town, with some lovely stained glass windows. Although it can get busy as in the main tourist area, there was still an aura of peace... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Nice cathedral in the centre of Edinburgh Old town, with some lovely stained glass windows. Although it can get busy as in the main tourist area, there was still an aura of peace and tranquility about the place.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The stained glass in the cathedral is a must see I paid the £2-00 fee and walked around happily taking photos there was a concert going on while I was there but I like to think I was unobtrusive whilst I took my photos the cathedral is as nice inside as it is outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

A must visit. Beautiful architecture. Purchase a photo pass and DEFINITELY sign up for the Thistle Room tour! Nothing to dislike, my jaw literally hit the floor when we walked in.

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Walking thru the Cathedral is stepping back in history. We loved spending time in there looking at all the nooks and crannies....the Queen makes her stop there in July!

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Really a great deal smaller than the cathedrals in other big Cities, but it has a charm of its own, and some lovely parts. One room in the corner had amazing wooden carvings and was quiet breathtaking. Organ was huge and looked brand new, stained glass a mixture of new and old, always think the newer stuff looks better as... More 

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york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Cathedral very peaceful, there was a free concert on when we visited did not like anything

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Just a brief impulse visit whilst passing. Imposing interior. Lots of war memorials. A lunchtime service and piano recital was about to start. Worth a longer visit when I next go to Edinburgh.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

the knights room is very cool. cathedral itself is quite interesting. gothic architecure. don't know what else to say

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Philadelphia Suburbs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

St. Giles Cathedral is really beautiful especially if the sun is shining on the stained glass windows. If you are on the Royal Mile you'll easily spot it while you're walking up or down the mile. They only ask for a donation if you're taking photos but be kind and give them a £1 donation. The Thistle Chapel is not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, historic church. Amazing organ inside. People dotted around to give little nuggets of information too

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