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Address: King Street, Elgin IV30 1HU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1343 547171
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Enjoy some peace among the magnificent ruins of this sacred place, which...

Enjoy some peace among the magnificent ruins of this sacred place, which dates back to the 1200s. Admire the glorious west front, the sumptuous decorations and the atmospheric chapter house. There are spectacular views from the towers. An unruly nobleman burned the cathedral in 1390, and during the ferment leading to the Protestant Reformation of 1560 it was the scene of a violent attack.

Please note: The towers at Elgin Cathedral are currently closed to allow the install of a new permanent exhibition. They will reopen on 25 March 2016.

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Interesting piece of history

These ruins have been renovated over recent years and care has been taken to make it look as close to the original work as possible. This cathedral is so full of history. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

These ruins have been renovated over recent years and care has been taken to make it look as close to the original work as possible. This cathedral is so full of history. It is well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just saw the cathedral from the outside whilst passing. It is a fine looking building must of looked magnificent when it was being used.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the visit if you are into history sightseeing, Churches and Cathedrals, Fantastic views from the top, but not for the unfit those with vertigo or disabled, it has been many years since I was last able to enjoy the view

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

An amazing ruin of what was clearly a magnificent piece of period architecture. The site has some tantalising hints of its former grandeur - the still intact prayer room, headstones, etc Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place to go and visit if u are from elgin. Very impressed with this building still staying strong

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We arrived late in the day but got some great shots of this cathedral ruin. It's quite large and was fun to get some different types of shots. Try a panorama of the ruins from the top of the tower.

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Moray, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Its a great place for tourists! For kids, not so much. Once you have gone to the top of the building, what else is there to do!???

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This is a very beautiful ruin, and quite unusual. Go in the later afternoon for the best photography. It's close to the middle of town, and nearby street parking is easy

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Wurzburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Although not well signposted, the cathedral is impressive as a ruin that is now preserved...one gets the impression of how massive this building once was. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit here, but definitely stop by on the way through.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy history or architecture, this place is a must. Not only is it beautiful even now, but walking though it all really makes you imagine a simplier time. While being historical, its not boring. There is enough to see and do fo kids all ages and you can even climb the tower stairs still and the view is... More 

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