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“Shame” 1 of 5 stars
Review of St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral
Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 225 9442
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Ranked #27 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Shame”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Cathedral has gone the way of so many others ,it's a tourist attraction not a church any more ,unfortunately when we visited the floor hating was being put in which didn't help ,however there was no where really to sit and meditate for a few minutes and it has fallen so low people were walking around with hats on I couldn't get out quick enough

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I went inside, curious. Although not a religious person, I enjoy the archiecture of religious buildings. St Giles did not disappoint. A photopass was 2 pounds sterling, which I gladly paid because there was so much to take pictures off. The Thistle Chapel is not to be missed.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Full of curiosities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Been a few times and still haven't seen everything. Particularly impressed by the organ which was made by a Scandinavian builder and has modern tracker action, part of which may be viewed from the console - but you have to book and ask; it's not generally on view to the public. Full of history - ask about the Chapel of the Thistle, and the carillon - which is an assembly of bells quite unlike the usual rope-driven belfry.

Visited May 2012
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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“St Giles at Six”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

St Giles is a wonderful, stunning building its 'Crown' dominates the Royal Mile. I like to try and get to St Giles on a Sunday evening when I visit Edinburgh. Called St Giles at Six it is open to anyone you can come and sit down to a concert for nearly an hour. The concert is free and there is a collecting plate afterwards but you are not forced to contribute. Look on the website for details as they vary the Sunday after I came back home was a choir. The evening I went was an organ recital and it was lovely to just sit back and let the music and atmosphere soak through me.

Visited November 2012
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North Babylon, New York
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“Lovely Place of Worship”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The Cathedral is stunning from the outside. and dominates the Royal Mile. Unfortunately when we visited there was refurbishing going on inside and it was difficult to appreciate the beauty of the interior.

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