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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 #24 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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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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Dallas, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

St. Giles is absolutely beautiful. Even from the outside, you can really get a sense that exorbitant amounts of time and skill went into creating this landmark church. I really wanted to hear the choir, but the line to get in was ridiculously long. If we had more time to burn in Edinburgh, I'm sure it would have been worth... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It is the High Kirk of Edinburgh, you will have to pay for a "licence" to take photographs or video within the confines of the Cathedral. For those of an historical bent, it is the home of the Most Ancient Order of The Thistle. It is part of the "Auld Toon" and it's history daing back to 854AD. When on... More

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Cheshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A lovely cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows. A peaceful place to stop-off when walking up the Royal Mile. The little chapel is worth a look as it has the most amazing wood carvings.

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Delft, The Netherlands
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Lucky enough to have a sunny day in Edinburgh then head into this cathedral. The light coming through the lead light windows transforms them into works of art. Beautiful!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I have visited many cathedrals but I was disappointed with this one. The architecture on the outside was brilliant and detail but I felt let down inside. The new organ although very nice had no character and the new chairs were too new and spoilt the overall appearance. The stain glass windows were lovely and well kept I would like... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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36 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

You will see it when you are in the way in old town and enjoy its view in the street. Have stop there.

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San Diego
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Beautiful stained glass, beautifully maintained old cathedral in the heart of old town. We stopped in for a quick visit and were glad we did.

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

So beautiful inside! beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. I found it more impressive than St Marys cathedral

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A stunning landmark in the centre of the Royal Mile is St Giles Cathedral. On a (rare?) sunny day, it simply sparkles whilst oozing its history. The stainglass windows are ornate as they come, and the structural design and decoration is a sight to behold. Well worth a visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We went into St Giles as it was recommended by a few online sites. Obviously, the architecture is beautiful but it just wasn't very interesting. However, if you want a bit of peace from the Royal Mile, it's the perfect hideaway.

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