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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-225-6293
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Excellent 'Passion' performance

The Cathedral is open for visitors all day, and we were fortunate to visit when a dance and poetry performance was going to take place. It was stunning. I would have like to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Cathedral is open for visitors all day, and we were fortunate to visit when a dance and poetry performance was going to take place. It was stunning. I would have like to see it again.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It is truly an awesome Cathedral . The architecture is very different from what i am used to . the organ impressive. The painting on top if the main alter exquisite and most important it is alive because when we went to mass there it was in polish and it was full house. That really made me glad.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

An under-rated cathedral. Beautifully grand in proportions, but run by the Episcopal Church who give it the village green feel. Humungous yet homely!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was a great place for the family to visit while in Edinburgh. The architecture is beautiful and the Cathedral is full of history. It is a place that you feel really calm. We could also write prayers and light a candle for loved ones. You had to pay a small fee to take photographs but it was worth it.... More 

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Drammen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This Cathedral was just outside of out hotel and we stopped by on a vim, I do not regret it. It was absolutely wonderful outside and inside. It feel like a living church with so much personality and charm I was amazed. There were even an art gallery on display when we visited with these absolutely wonderful botanical pictures. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We peeked our heads in the Cathedral on a Sunday and it was cool. We stood around just to watch some of the church goers and some of the men wore quilts. They were all dressed up and it was so interesting.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Stunning stained glass. Walked into choir practice, awe inspiring. Calm, soothing, when you hear things like that in a setting like that it is hard to believe that you question the existence of God. Left serene and at peace. Please donate to support the cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We walked past this church every day, the preschoolers playing out in the lawn with their bright security jackets on, this is a working parish, regardless of rank. It has a hugely impressive exterior, but seems smaller from the inside. This particular church has some historic significance, housing the warrant for the execution of King Charles the 1st. It offers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great cathedral with lovely glass and a real atmosphere worth visiting for. If you can attend a service it is worth doing so to experience the acoustics which are wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This cathedral housed a fabulous, historic pipe organ built by Henry Willis. It was a lovely romp and our choir sang beautifully during the evensong service. A totally uplifting experience to attend a service here.

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