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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
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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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St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral is right at the beginning of the Royal Mile . It is really worth a visit, with its beautiful windows

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

St Giles Cathedral is right at the beginning of the Royal Mile . It is really worth a visit, with its beautiful windows

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely old church in the Royal Mile. it has fabulous stained glass windows and huge organ pipes - impressive. Very nice to walk around. It costs £2.00 to get a permit to take photographs but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful place to visit, outstanding deco, free entrance but you pay to take pictures and get a badge, we actually spent more time in here with our 2 children (9yrs&12yrs) than we had anticipated as they were blown away by the beauty of the place and found it all really interesting, definitely worthy of a visit if you are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

No doubt you will miander up or down the royal mile, so do make an effort to visit. While it is not the biggest of the best catheral, and arguably the outside is better than the inside, it draws you in none the less and as any eclesiastical experience will do leaves you slightly more able to deal with the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Having lived in Edinburgh for nine years, I only came to visit St Giles 16 years after I moved away. There was never any great reason to go to visit it when I lived here - and I'm not sure that I've changed my mind that much now that I've been there. I was aware of the history of St... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A haven of peace amidst the hectic bustle and bustle of Edinburgh fringe. A nice cathedral to look around although no particular stand out features. Nice to light a candle and reflect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiful place to visit and we were lucky enough to call when a piano recital was on. The acoustics in this beautiful building are fabulous. You don't have to be religious to appreciate such beauty. Down stairs there is a fabulous cafe, home cooked food and very friendly owners.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely cathedral in the Royal Mile. We heard a band practicing for the festival and acoustics were marvelous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Cathedral. We took a private tour and liked it so much. Similar to Windsor, but smaller. Located in the middle of Royal Mile. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful cathedral - definitely worth a visit when in Edinburgh. Stunning architecture and design.

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