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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: St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its...
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
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Built in the 1300s

A very nice historic visit to St Giles Cathedral that was built in the 1300's over a church from about 900 AD.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

A very nice historic visit to St Giles Cathedral that was built in the 1300's over a church from about 900 AD.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Fantastic cathedral and very beautiful inside, the stained glass windows are something else. Is certainly worth a visit if you are up this way, no fee but always nice to leave a donation in the box.

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

What a surprise! The cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows and very high vaulted ceilings. It doesn't take long to see the whole cathedral. Very enjoyable visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Lovely church inside,very old and full of history,a small bookshop/gift shop inside,a great place to visit and for a bit of peace and quiet as well.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful cathedral inside and out located on the Royal Mile. Hard to miss and is the meeting point for a lot of evening tours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Free to wander but there are places for donations for upkeep of the cathedral. You can take photos for a price and there are items for sale, such as histories of family names. Good to take a moment for serenity and peace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

It is a very beautiful cathedral with a warm atmosphere in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Very lovely glass windows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

An exquisite building especially the Thistle Chapel. Unfortunately due to unbelievable thefts from the cathedral there is limited access. Please give a donation on entry for photography if nothing else as they are getting to the stage the cathedral may have limited openings for tourists due to the crime.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Nice cathedral, but quite underwhelming when compared to other cathedrals we have visited. It's a small building and the decoration isn't outstanding. Still worth a look if you are around the royal mile, since there is no entrance fee. However you need a photography permit (2£) to take pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A great place to see, full of history and old gothic architecture. Whether you only walk around the outside or you're inside, it's definitely worth a few pictures and viewing.

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Additional Information about St. Giles Cathedral

Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 9442
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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.
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