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St. Mary's Cathedral

Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland (West End)
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Ranked #36 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Lovely! It is beautiful. From inside and out. One of the best I have seen so far. Sadly the weather was not very nice, so we were a little in a hurry to get back home.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lovely cathedral.Even stumbled into a soprano and piano concert along with an extraordinary display of the Edinburgh Guild works! There is also ongoing currently the World's Longest Embroidery Project to which we lent a stitch! Incredible. Even our teenagers enjoyed it! Spent about an hour and a half there and enjoyed every minute.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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533 reviews 533 reviews
312 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We almost literally stumbled across this building as it was very close to a Fringe event we were attending. Luckily we went in and we were astonished, both by building itself, and the superb Diaspora exhibition. The Cathedral is most impressive with it's soaring architecture and opposed to some churches, there is a warm welcoming atmosphere helped, on this occasion,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Presently displaying the Diaspora of embroidery from around the world depicting the influence the Scots have had around the world. Also have excellent musicians performing free lunchtime concerts during the festival. A retiring collection is taken. This is a special space with wonderful atmosphere.

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Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A brilliant venue and accessible to all :) thanks for hosting Edinburgh Peoples Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe for The Sorcerer's Tale

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Very nice. It's a little small and will be disappointing if you visit St. Giles first. However, if you're from the States and you go to one of your run-of-the-mill churches there, you'll definitely be impressed with this one. No entry fee but donation requested. Only weird thing was that there was a homeless couple literally drinking whisky and diet... More 

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was lucky enough to visit on a Sunday. I wanted to see the church architecture and such but stumbled across a service. I stayed for the service and felt very welcomed by the church community and staff. It was lovely. The singing was lovely. I left feeling quite good.

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15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We visited to primarily see some of the art in the Cathedral, we were made so welcome by the staff, great building, well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
72 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

I went at 17:30 for evensong. The cathedral is beautiful ,with spectacular windows by Paolozzi. The choir is wonderful, and there were short bible readings and prayers. A lovely experience in a great building.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I visited at the start of lent in order to say my prayer for change . I found the surroundings lovely . I have visited many places of worship all over the world and this is perfect for a wee bit of reflective time as it was very quiet when I visited . It worth a visit if your in... More 

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