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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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Ranked #30 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Oldham, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This cathedral has a magical feel to it, and I cannot place what is was - unlike other cathedral's this has a feeling of age - I do love these types of buildings and this particular cathedral did feel special (and I would definitely love to visit again) £3 donation to enter £2 photography permit. £2 donation fee to enter... More

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Galway, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

St Giles' runs a great music programme and I attended a lunchtime piano recital. Fabulous building on the Royal Mile, well worth a visit. New offering since my last visit is a rooftop tour, unfortunately, I didn't have time this visit, but will definitely return.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you're visiting Edinburgh it's easy to stop in for twenty minutes to have a look. The windows are impressive and worth the visit, and there are plenty of other things to see inside. There is a £2 charge for a photography permit which is perfectly reasonable. It was slightly less reasonable to be told off for not displaying the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

St. Giles Cathedral was the most beautiful church that we visited in Edinburgh. The employees are very helpful. It is worth it to pay the few pounds for a permit to be able to take pictures inside. There is not an entrance fee, but they suggest a small donation per person. There is a cafe on the lower floor that... More

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New England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We arrived onto Royal Mile via one of the many closes which dump you directly into the action. We entered St. Giles through the back and up a small flight of spiral stairs. This put us directly into the shop. The ladies at the till were very helpful and mentioned that it was free to visit but that photography would... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The cathedral stands tall on the Royal Mile. It's exteriors are eye catching. Do make it a point to go inside and admire the interiors.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Well worth popping into St. Giles as you make your way up the Royal Mile - the stained glass windows and interior are very well maintained and you can also take photo opportunities as well as an escorted tour of the church

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Austin, Texas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I have visited some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world - Notre Dame, St. Peters, St. Marks, Westminster, La Sagrada Familia among others and this one rivals all but La Sagrada. The stained glass is truly breathtaking. You will need to spend 2 pounds to get a photo pass so you can take photos of it but it... More

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Los Angeles, California
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If pressed for time make this one of your stops along with the castle when walking the Royal Mile. Its worth a visit to admire the beautiful stained glass windows, numerous memorials of distinguished Scots and soldiers. There's a memorial here dedicated to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Inside the cathedral is the beautiful Thistle chapel whose walls are adorned... More

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Tagaytay City, Tagaytay, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful Cathedral! Centrally located. The interior and wood carvings were beautiful and outstanding.

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