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St. Giles Cathedral

Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
Phone Number: 0131 225 9442
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Ranked #19 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The church was lovingly built and is wonderfully preserved/restored. The statues on the outside of past kings and knights looked and carvings inside were wonderfully detailed. It's amazing the amount of detailed work that was done with what we would consider primitive tools. We saw a couple of churches on our trip but this was the finest.

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Tayport. Fife
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Cathedral, with lovely and unusual stained glass windows. Well worth a visit. Allow yourself plenty of time to take it all in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I happened to be there when the choir and musicians were in their final rehearsal for evening's concert. It was free for the people there in the church to enjoy a free and almost-actual concert. St. Gile is a beautiful church to visit. I did not buy the audioguide from the church. I walked through the church in great details... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A must when seeing the sites in Edinburgh. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. A beautiful place

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Dublin, Ireland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit, had planned on returning to listen to the audio history of the cathedral but didn't get a chance to. Will definitely return, it's so pretty and well maintained.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Another one of the musts in Edinburgh, this cathedral in the city centre, halfway in the Royal Mile, is a fascinating monument not to be missed.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

After being wowed by the Castle, we strolled down the Royal Mile to the magnificent church with crown steeples, St Giles church. Admission is free, but make sure you buy a 2£ photo tag. There is a traceable link of this holy place to common men. When we were there the organ practice kept the whole building vibrating with soulful... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

St Giles is very old and beautiful. The stained glass is wonderful. Make your way into the tiny Thistle Chapel which although only built in 1911, is a gothic masterpiece (look out for the angel playing a set of bagpipes :)

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It is a very beautiful cathedral and it was a special visit for us since we caught the rehearsal of the candlelight (?) concert (I think that was the name) this was on the last day of the year.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

St. Giles is a fantastic gothic cathedral. We had a good time looking around inside and we peeked into the private chapel in the back. I was a little disappointed that there was no tour option as we found out later that St. Giles is where the Queen inducts the Knights of the Thistle. I would have liked to have... More 

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