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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 #26 of 204 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is GORGEOUS. I don't think it was the place we were told to visit (we were looking for a place that had an upstairs and a downstairs and we only got to see the upstairs here) but it was worth it. The stained glass, the memorials, the internment, and the woodwork was just amazing. Loved it! Especially if... More

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This impressive church is important to Scotland. We enjoyed talking with a docent while buying a photo pass (you'll want to capture views of the interior) who was so proud of his church. The Thistle Chapel has wonderful carvings and history involving the Queen. Listen to the organ music that resonates through the beautiful cathedral.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I went there early Sunday morning, got in while the Organ was playing, it felt like I was suddenly transported a few hundred years back in time. This Cathedral is so well peaceful and steeped in history that I decided to attend Mass. Even though I am not a Christian I was welcomed in and allowed to attend. On another... More

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Attard, Malta
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you liked stained glass I'd recommend you visit St Giles. It's a lovely cathedral. It's not large, worth popping in for a bit.

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Want to see the burial place of the Marquess Montrose & Argyll? Both are interred here- but the lovely architecture and amazing stained glass is obliterated by the stunning Thistle Chapel, which is a marvel in decor and beauty, could spend hours here. Visit enhanced by organist practicing. Small fee for entry, small fee for photo license- both well worth... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you are walking the Royal Mile, be sure to stop at St. Giles Cathedral for 20 or 30 minutes, or more if you have the time. The stained glass is lovely, and the Thistle Chapel shouldn't be missed. Look for the angel with bagpipes in the ceiling. I believe that Queen Elizabeth presented the Order of the Thistle here... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Just by chance we decided to pop in and were all glad we did beautiful stone and woodern carvings a great glass stained windows, an all round must see.

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dallas, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was my second visit to St. Giles. It was as beautiful as I remembered. You can spend quite a bit of time wandering around. Take your time. We even attended a service. Love this place!

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

General visit uncovered sunday night concert. the stained glass windows are worth taking in and if there is a concert available soak in the atmosphere far from the madding crowds outside

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Stavanger, Norway
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Entry to the cathedral is free, but they do ask you to donate £3 per person. The cathedral is absolutely beautiful. The architecture, the stained glass windows, the blue ceiling, the big organ - everything was so beautiful. When we got there a choir was singing, so we just sat down and listened. It was so peaceful, and a nice... More

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