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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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$22*
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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #22 of 155 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

all though I have visited many more elaborate and fancier cathedrals for a scottish cathedral after the reformation its still a work of art. The actual building is wonderful and the stained glass windows are works of art. Lots of information and people offering advice inside. its free too.

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Peacefully tranquillity on the Royal Mile ....you can always spend an enjoyable amount of time here. The history of the place is great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I wandered into this cathedral off Royal Mile. It's was free but I paid £2 to be able to take photos. It was beautiful with blue in the ceilings being a favourite if mine. There was also a free pianist show on for half an hour which was really good!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Well maintained and beautiful building. Very well laid out with beautiful architecture throughout the whole interior. Current frequently used cathedral. Donations requested upon entry.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

In the heart of the Old Town. Free by donation and now you can do a rooftop tour. Nice clean toilets although the café is a bit expensive.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A stunningly beautiful cathedral on the Royal Mile. Very grand and imposing on the outside, stunningly beautiful on the outside. Worth a visit for any denomination. Calm, peaceful and with the prettiest stain glass windows. Take a peek or a tour, or go to a service, but visit.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful cathedral with lots to look at. With a £2 donation you are free to take photos of the many interesting aspects of the building. We chatted to a guide who filled us in on the wealth of history surrounding the church. They were able to point out things we had missed. There is also a roof tour (for... More

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Osprey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

St Giles is a beautiful church and well worth visiting. The stained glass is lovely and the architecture is amazing. We spent quite a lot of time inside, taking pictures, exploring different nooks and crannies and listening to the delightful organ music. Our only disappointment was that they charged 2 pounds to take pictures and 2 pounds to visit the... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Even if you're not Religious it is definitely worth taking time to wander into here if you are on the Royal Mile. The architecture is amazing and once inside the workmanship within the building can only be marvelled at. The Stained Glass Windows are particularly spectacular. The Peace and Tranquillity inside is a wonderful contrast to the hustle and bustle... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

St. Giles is located on Edinburgh's Royal Mile and is an amazing cathedral dating back to the time of medieval Edinburgh. If you're a church lover, make sure to check this out. One of the highlights is the angel playing a bagpipe right above the main entrance. Also check put the stained glass windows which I found to be beautiful.

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